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Presidents in the Crosshairs

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Being President of the United States can be hazardous to one’s health and longevity. Of the 44 presidents who have served this country, 4 have been shot and killed while in office–that’s one in eleven. By way of comparison, of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in uniform in Vietnam, 47,424 were killed in combat–that’s one in 57. These numbers suggest, then, that an individual is approximately five times more likely to be violently killed as President of the United States than as a member of the U.S. military serving in a war zone. Clearly, protection of the President has been a monumental challenge.

In this book, the author devotes a chapter to discussing the people and circumstances involved in each of the shootings of six U.S, presidents, four of whom were killed and two of whom were wounded. A final chapter looks at the Secret Service and the challenges it has faced.

Author

David Ritchey

ISBN

9780938467694

Cover

Paperback

Size

5.5 x 8.5

Pages

176

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About the Author

After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.

During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.

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His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.