Seabiscuit: An American Legend
ISBN: 0345465083
EAN13: 9780345465085
Language: English
Pages: 453
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 6.8" L x 4.2" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Mass Market Paperbound

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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

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   Great look at a great horse and the people and times he lived in
I enjoyed this more than I did the movie and read it after seeing it. The good and bad of horse racing was chronicled. It isn't a very rosy picture being painted, but history is. Even though it was set in the Great Depression, it still celebrates Seabiscuit and the courage of his riders, trainers and owners. The story is compelling.
 
5
   Excellent read
I' ll always be thankful to Ms. Hillenbrand for writing this novel and doing so much research to make sure her work is legit. I also like Seabiscuit. With the right people and the right training, he became a real star. The racehorses can be viewed as athletes in the book. Racing is a unique sport, and while I'm more of a horse lover than a race enthusiast, I find its history fascinating.
 
5
   Really enjoyable
The horse was great. Excellent story. There is a great story to tell. This is an amazing story that is told very well. I'm not a fan of horse racing but I'm glad I read it. The people who recognized Seabiscuit were also a phenomenon. They had Seabiscuit in a stall at a racetrack and had to move him because he couldn't see the other horses. When he saw the other horses, he jumped around to join them.
 
5
   Champion
An inspiring, beautifully written account of the broken- down colt who, thanks to Tom Smith's mental training, became the champion of the era, defeating the great War Admiral, making the common man feel that he too could accomplish great things. The story of George Woolf's secret struggle with diabetes, which ultimately killed him, is very well done. Smith's battle with the press is boring and uninteresting. I have enjoyed reading the book many times.
 
5
   Seabiscuit was an amazing animal. He was intelligent
I have read Seabiscuit at least 3 or 4 times. To me, it's a classic. Seabiscuit is a character developed thoroughly by the author. The owner, trainer, and jockey were amazing. They were all very aware of each other's expertise when it came to Seabiscuit. I found it hard to believe that I was actually watching a real horse race when the author described a race many times. Seabiscuit was an amazing animal. He was smart and cunning. He loved competition even though he was not the most beautiful horse. He is a legend in the US. This book will bring a tear to your eye and is a good read.
 
5
   An all time favorite book, just great!
A book about a horse who stole the hearts of America. We used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings in the 50's and I can remember Seabiscuit. I always wondered why they were there. Seabiscuit was a national phenomenon and this book explains why. The book tells the story of the horse, his owner, trainer, and jockeys, who combined to create that phenomenon. Within 2 minutes of a horse race the details were behind. I read the book every few years for both the content and excellent story of Hillenbrand. Unbroken is one of her favorites about a track star in the 1940's.
 
3
   I found the book information great. The problem was the boom was very dry
The book information was great. The boom was not wet. Seabiscuit brought excitement and wonder to the races, but I didn't feel it. It's good for facts and photos, but I have to suggest a pass for just reading.
 
5
   Incredible book
The book is wonderful. The evolution of hors racing in the U.S. was researched by Laura Hillenbrand, who wrote a compelling narrative about Seabiscuit and the people who owned, trained and rode him. The book tells the story of Johnny Red Pollard, Tom Smith and Charles Howard. Hillenbrand is a master at conveying their personal successes and failures. The insights into horse racing were fascinating. Excellent read. Can't wait for his next work.
 
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