Presidents in the Crosshairs

(published September 20, 2013)


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Being President of the United States can be hazardous to one’s health and longevity.  Of the 44 Presidents that 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.




"Presidents in the Crosshairs" is history as it should be written.  It is easy to read, clear, concise, and compelling.  When you finish reading this book, you will probably find yourself wishing that it had been one of your textbooks when you were studying American history in high school.


David Ritchey's book, "Presidents in the Crosshairs", is right on "target" (excuse the pun.)

This book is a condensed yet surprisingly thorough summation of the United States Presidential assassinations and assassination attempts. The background and biographical information included in the text on the assassins themselves completes the histories. Good job!

-- Dr. Stanley E. Toompas

Author, “I’m the One the Other Isn’t”


Anyone who is an American history buff will love this book. Though it seems condensed, it really does give one an amazingly thorough overview of these assassin events. Mr. Ritchey brings in the character couples' backgrounds and political times that give credence to the incidences. I was often surprised at the information that comes to light. It is not the kind of book that would attract me initially but I really enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. In the end, it is very thought provoking. Don't miss it.

-- Mary



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