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Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

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Winner of the Chicago Book Review's Best Books of the Year (2014)
To truly understand the dynamics and magic of the Kennedy family, one must understand their passion for sailing and the sea. Many families sail together, but the Kennedys relationship with Victura, the 25-foot sloop purchased in 1932, stands apart. Throughout their brief lives, Joe Jr., Jack, and Bobby spent
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Foreedge (first published January 1st 2014)
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Tiziano Brignoli
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book for a series of reasons. First of all it not looks like a classic political biography, but it is a more intimate story about the life of the Kennedy family tied up to the sea and the meaning of the sea for all of them. It is full of family anecdotes about their loved boat - Victura. Last but not least the author have had the opportunity to meet and talk with the family and this give to the book a more introspective view which I very appreciate.
It's a good book for anyone who wa
Elizabeth Banks
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is really a collection of anecdotes about the Kennedy family, rather than an original story. The tales are largely interesting ones, if, at times, somewhat oddly organized. Sailing terms are frequently not explained, which makes reading somewhat lackluster for non-sailors. Recommended for those interested in the Kennedy family and their legacy.
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May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books about the Kennedys over the years. This one is by far the best that I have had the pleasure to read. The author tells of the lives of the Kennedy siblings and of their love of sailing and how they learned so many of life's lessons through these experiences. Sailing helped them to build character individually and through team work as they relied on each other. The book spans the years from Jack's youth through Ted's death.
The author tells of the early years with Jack, Jo
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
If the Camelot Kennedy lore doesn't appeal to you, chances are you will not like VICTURA. Although much is told of RFK, JFK and Teddy, very little is mentioned of Jackie O and their spousal relationships within the Kennedy core family. I would have liked to see these relationships included, as I consider their wives and how they are treated within the family relevant.
Although the story purports the moral values the family learned, such as loyalty to each other, those values from my reading, onl
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.

When I first started reading this book, I found it to be very boring. It talked a lot about boats, which I don't know much about. But once it got to part 2, it got more interesting. It talked more about the Kennedys and how sailing impacted their lives. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Kennedys.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From one sailor to another, thank you for inspiring us to chance the wind and seas and push toward a brighter horizon!
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed that this book was not all about JFK; it was great to learn a bit more about the sisters and the Kennedy Clan as a whole in regards to sailing.
Sara Fallon
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book and really like it. It is really fun to read about my families history because my grandpa is in this book because my grandpa was friends with the kennedys!
Jennifer Morefield
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good! The Kennedy's are a fascinating bunch. Also, knew nothing about sailing. Found that interesting as well. Enjoyed Jack's experience on PT109. Very good... ...more
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