Welcome to the website of author David Ritchey. David has written a number of books about a variety of subjects that have, over the course of his lifetime, fascinated him. The material on this website will provide you with an opportunity to get to know a bit about each of his books. If you have arrived here as a result of searching for a specific book, please take a few moments to peruse the others. Perhaps you will find something else by which you will be fascinated.

All books are available from the publisher, Headline Books, or from your favorite bookseller.

The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P. - Book Cover
The Magic of Digital Fine Art Photography - Book Cover
26 Card Tricks - Book Cover
Something About Scrabble - Book Cover

More than five million Americans are “Anomalously Sensitive Persons (ASPs).”  An Anomalously Sensitive Person exhibits uncommonly high levels of sensitivities, not only in the emotional realm, but also in the physiological, cognitive, altered states of consciousness, and transpersonal (“metaphysical,”) realms as well.  The traits of the ASP, which originate in the structure and chemistry of the brain, have important psychological, medical, educational, and social implications.  The links between a person's sensitivities and a host of other factors related to biology (“nature”), history (“nurture”) and temperament (“personality”) are also investigated in depth.  Learn More…

This book is a collection of fine art photographs created by David.

One definition of fine art is “a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness.” The word “fine” does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question as it does the purity of the discipline.

Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the photographer, that is, to express her/his artistic perceptions and emotions, and to share them with others. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism, commercial photography, and snapshots. Learn More…

Do you already know something about card magic? Would you like to learn more? Do you want to add some new card tricks with a standard deck to your repertoire? If so, this is the book for you.

Writing specifically for the intermediate level magician, David Ritchey presents 26 Card Tricks in clear, precise, easy-to-follow detail. He also provides refreshers for the techniques required to perform all of those tricks, and offers suggestions for creating routines by combining some of the tricks. Learn More…

There's something about SCRABBLE™ that is almost addictive. Perhaps it's the fact that the game combines just the right amount of luck with just the right amount of skill.

This book is written for the average-level livingroom player who generally scores about 250 points per game, and who would like to become a strong livingroom player (or a competent club player) with an average score of 300 - 350 points per game.

Written with a minimalist approach, the book includes only those concepts and word lists that are absolutely mandatory for excelling. Minimalizing further, a pull-out “crib-sheet” is included. Learn More…

Why We Are Fascinated by Dogs - Book Cover

Written by one dog lover for all other dog lovers, this book asserts that dogs are wonderfully loving, social beings who are conscious, intelligent, and capable of exhibiting extraordinary abilities - much like the best of human beings. It is full of fascinating anecdotes that serve to enhance our love and admiration for our canine companions. It also provides guidance on how to select the breed of dog that is most compatible with your personality.
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A Sense of Betrayal

Recollections of Vietnam

David Ritchey’s narrative about the Kafkaesque nature of his own experiences as a young naval officer in Vietnam vividly illustrates how the dynamics of war can shake anyone’s faith in civilization and civilized man.  Even now, forty years later, he struggles with the conclusions he then drew to the effect that the world is a dangerous place, and the men who inhabit that world are dangerous as well.             Learn more …

      

         Reviewing the Montauk Legend

Do you already know something about the Montauk Legend?  If so, then you are aware that it has to do with “high strangeness.”  If you don’t, then, in short, it’s about UFOs, invisibility, time travel, teleportation, mind control weather control, conspiracies, and other similarly esoteric subjects.  David Ritchey, while struck by its bizarreness, decided to check it out in order to determine which aspects might, in fact, be reality based.  The results of his inquiries, presented in this book, are quite startling. Learn more …

      Six U.S. Presidents have been shot, four of whom were killed and two of whom were wounded.  In this book, a chapter is devoted to discussing the people and circumstances involved in each of these shootings, and a final chapter looks at the Secret Service and the challenges it has faced.  Learn More …

                      Understanding the

       Anomalously Sensitive Person

The life of an individual who is anomalously (“unusually”) sensitive can prove to be quite challenging.  In this book, David Ritchey explores the origins of heightened sensitivity and discusses the implications, both positive and negative, for those who he speaks of as “Anomalously Sensitive Persons.”  Learn More

 

 

 

 

               Descended from the Gods?

David Ritchey's findings suggest that about 450,000 years ago, a group of advanced beings (whom the Sumerians called the "Anunnaki") arrived on Earth and intervened in the development of humans by undertaking an ongoing series of genetic experiments using humans as subjects.  This book follows the history of those experiments and suggests that today's "Anomalously Sensitive Persons (ASPs)" are direct descendants of the Anunnaki's test subjects.  Learn More

            Those Who Know The Wyrd

The roots of Western shamanism are said to lie in the practices of the “wise women,” the priestesses of early Anglo-Saxon times, who espoused a worldview that was called wyrd.”  Wyrd creates a context in which the human experience can be one of unity, harmony, cooperation, order, meaning, purpose, and value.  Today’s neo-shamans may be able to help us rediscover and adopt this healing worldview. Learn More …

 

 

 

                  Tales From The Depths

Most people are unable to comprehend the enormous magnitude of the Great Lakes, thinking of them as "just lakes," while they are more appropriately thought of as "inland seas."  Storms on the Great Lakes can be every bit as powerful as storms on the world's oceans, but on the Great Lakes, mariners have little room in which to maneuver, and shipwrecks have been a common occurrence.  This book provides an up-close and in-depth account of eleven of those wrecks.  Learn More …

 

 

             

                       On Conflict

The existence of conflict is an ongoing part of the human condition. Different people have different wants and needs, and as a result they frequently find themselves at odds with one another. Instances of conflict can be resolved peacefully, often with constructive results, or they can escalate into aggression and violence, generally with destructive results.  Learn More …

                Keep The Colors Flying

Several noteworthy historic naval battles took place on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, with a number of U.S. Naval heroes being recognized as a result.  Among them were Benedict Arnold on Lake Champlain during the Revolutionary War,  Thomas Macdonough on Lake Champlain during the War of 1812, and Oliver Hazard Perry on Lake Erie during the War of 1812.  The focus of this book’s main text is on the battles, and Appendices provide insight into the people, places, and ships involved.

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                The Deadliest Pandemic

The 1918 avian influenza pandemic in a few short months, killed 50–100 million people.  It had a very high mortality rate, in excess of 2%, whereas annual flu epidemics, which kill 250–500 thousand people each year, have a mortality rate of about 0.1%

A new strain of flu, labeled “H5N1,” has emerged in recent years.  Given that this virus is at least 10–20 times more deadly than the 1918 strain, if it mutates to the point of becoming equally contagious, it could then rival the ferocity of some strains of Ebola, and be as contagious as the common cold.

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                    Locked And Loaded

As compared to seven other developed countries with a collective population that is roughly the same as that of the U.S., total deaths by firearms in the U.S. has annually been approximately 12 times higher in the U.S. than in those countries.  Gun control advocates suggest that this is a result of the high prevalence of firearms in the United States, and that lack of gun control in the U.S. makes matters worse.  Gun rights advocates argue that “the right to keep and bear arms,” as specified in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, is of paramount importance, and that firearms deaths would actually be reduced if more American civilians were encouraged to carry guns.

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          From Aardvarks To Zyzzyvas

Word games are beneficial in that they promote social interactions and increase time spent involved with family and friends.  They are also an absorbing way to spend our solitary time, and while they are generally engaged in for their entertainment value, they serve an educational purpose as well.

This book focuses on several of the most popular or most well known word games.  It is intended to serve as a basic introduction to a broad spectrum of such games, rather than as a definitive instruction manual or a source of large numbers of puzzles on any specific theme.  Learn More …

 

                 Pyramidal Mystique

There are many hundreds of pyramids around the world.  They have been built by a variety of different cultures in a number of different eras.  Those that appear to be either the most important or the most representative show up in North America, South America, Central America, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China, but there are multiple other analogous structures located elsewhere.

This book looks closely at a few of the pyramids, with an emphasis on their descriptions and histories.  The methodologies of their construction and their purposes are also addressed.  Additionally, some alternative theories about these pyramids are explored.  Learn More

 

                  The Enigma of Baalbek

In Baalbek, Lebanon, the ruins of the monumental temple complex are one of the most extraordinary and enigmatic holy places of ancient times. Most conventional researchers adhere to the Roman story and claim that all of the structures were constructed by the Romans, between 100 BC to 200 AD. Alternative researchers, however, suggest that the underlying platform (with many stones much larger than those used in the Great Pyramids of Giza) on which these buildings were constructed, was built at a much earlier date, perhaps as early as 10,450 BC — and that it was built by a race of technologically advanced ancient beings.  This book explores the alternative theories about Baalbek’s pre-history.  Learn More.

 

 

                American Demagogues

A demagogue is person, especially an orator or a political leader, who gains power by arousing people’s emotions, passions, and prejudices rather than by using rational arguments.  Demagogues have been found in democracies from historic Athens to the present day.  Democracies are instituted to ensure freedom for all and popular control over government authority, but through their appeal, demagogues exploit the freedom secured under democracy to gain a level of power for themselves that overrides the rule of law, thereby undermining democracy.  American demagogues profiled in this book include Huey Long, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace, Barry Goldwater, Al Sharpton, Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, and Donald Trump.  Learn More.

 

 

 

     

 

          Invitations To War

When war is likely to break out, most civilized countries try to make it appear that they are not the aggressor, but rather the innocent victim.  In that role, the country is more likely to garner support from its populace and the rest of the world.  Any number of maneuverings can be used to push the opposition into attacking first.  That has happened in a number of wars in which the United States has become involved, and those wars are the subject matter of this book.  A brief synopsis of each of those wars is presented so that the reader can comprehend the context and become reasonably well-informed.  Learn More.