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JAMES W. GRAHAM was a senior advisor to former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar and the Illinois House of Representatives. He races and cruises his sailboat, Venturous, at Wilmette Harbor, north of Chicago.
"Victura is more than Graham recounting the sailing experiences of the Kennedys. In this well-researched but warmly written book, Graham sometimes goes several pages describing an election, or a Kennedy family intrigue, and then gracefully brings the story back to the sea, showing how, in the best and worst of times, the family pulled together around sailing."-- "Sailing" "Graham deftly moves among family history, political history, and sailing lore to present a compelling story that is at times exciting, heartbreaking, and fascinating."-- "Chicago Book Review" Say what you will about the Kennedys -- and you will -- they know their way around a boat. James W. Graham gives a behind-the-mast look at the connection in his new tome, Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea.-- "Boston Herald" "For readers, this book may serve as an introduction to the world of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, his family, and the beautiful blue sailboat at the center of it all."-- "Wooden Boat"