A Sense of Betrayal
Recollections of Vietnam
(Published August 17, 2012)
About the Book
The war in Vietnam was characterized by lies, deceits, manipulations, and betrayals of “what’s right,” perpetrated by our allies, by our military, and by our government. Perhaps that has been the case in all wars, but the advances in communication and reportage in Vietnam were such that much of this was quickly brought into the public eye. Our citizens’ faith in our military and government, and in the competence and honesty of our leaders, was significantly undermined. The American populace developed a high degree of suspicion and distrust toward authority of any kind — a distrust that continues to this day.
David Ritchey spent a year as a young naval officer in Vietnam and was frequently a first-hand observer of the ubiquitous corruption — not just corruption on the part of the Vietnamese, but corruption on the part of the Americans as well. Because senior officials set their sites on power, prestige, position, and pelf (money), the lives of many young Americans were needlessly sacrificed. In this book, Ritchey writes about what he experienced, and about how those experiences impacted upon him.
"I just finished A Sense of Betrayal.
I am so proud of David Ritchey...
For waking up...for his profound honesty and insight...for his perseverance in seeking love and truth in a world so filled with deceit
And especially for listening to his daughter and to his inmost heart, and writing this book.
It moved me often. It informed me and confirmed my inner voice.
An important and excellent, if uncomfortable, read.
"A Sense of Betrayal by David Ritchey may not be a best seller in that the subject matter is something most of us cannot relate to or for many, do not want to be reminded of. Vietnam is in fact a metaphor for any war and it is important to get past the "patriotic" elements that serve only politics. I found much of what I read painful and hard to digest. But I am glad that I did. What surprised me and really brought the whole message to light was reading David's daughter Harper Schantz's "Afterword".
This book touched me emotionally in a way that I cannot describe. It is an important book for us all and one you will remember."
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