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Seabiscuit: An American Legend

70 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit: An American Legend is the ultimate underdog story. Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion; his legs were crooked; he had a sad little tail; and he was precisely the color of mud. For two years, he floundered at the lowest level of racing, misunderstood … see full wiki

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Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Genre: Entertainment, Sports
Publisher: Ballantine Books
16 reviews about Seabiscuit: An American Legend
review by . August 02, 2010
If you think Steinbeck’s fictional Joad family had a tough time during the Great Depression, read Laura Hillenbrand’s “Seabiscuit” to find out what it was like to be a down-at-the-heels jockey or trainer trying to make a living from ‘The Sport of Kings’ back in the 1930s.       Hillenbrand not only gives her reader a fresh perspective on the Depression, she also lets us into the hearts and minds of three men and one great racehorse.  …
review by . July 08, 2010
My emotional reaction to this book was definitely mixed. I felt horrible for the poor horse in the first place because I can't imagine having some person sitting on my back and whipping me. But I also felt for the Jockey who always had to find ways to keep his weight low as well as his family issues. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into good stories with suspense and thrilling adventures.    
review by . July 12, 2010
This book tells the story of the famous racehorse, Seabiscuit, and all of the people involved in his success such as: Tom Smith, Red Pollard, and Mr. Howard.  The author tells each person's background, how they met, how they became a national sensation, and their life after success.  She keeps it interesting by switching from character to character and using flashbacks to give necessary information.  It is truly a classic American story in that it is very "rags to riches". …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Very unique story even if you are not into horse racing.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
This book tells more than just the story of a horse, but a story of American history (namely the great depression). It gives great insight into the world of racing as well. Despite being non-fiction the tale will keep your attention from cover to cover.
Quick Tip by . August 01, 2010
I read this book several years ago and is without a doubt one of the 10 best books I have ever read. Author Laura Hillebrand suffers from vertigo and as a result did every bit of research for this book online. Amazing! If you have not read this one check it out by all means!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
saw the movie first, it is a great real story line which some can apply to everyday life
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
The book is alot better then the movie.
Quick Tip by . May 25, 2010
Positively one of the 2 or 3 best books I have ever read!
review by . April 01, 2010
A story about a horse that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, "Seabiscuit" is almost too good to be true. Yet Laura Hillenbrand's 2001 book about an ungainly thoroughbred who would win 33 races and upend a sport comes with generous footnotes that tether it to reality.    Even so, the book starts with a bit of a whopper: The claim Seabiscuit was a bigger newsmaker in 1938 than FDR or Hitler. Snopes.com picks this one apart, though it doesn't change a jot of my admiration …
review by . June 23, 2008
I'm not generally a huge fan of horse racing...I know next to nothing about thoroughbreds, and a race being aired on national TV is pretty much my cue to flip the channel. That being said, this book--whose entire story revolves around nothing but horse racing--is one of the best I've ever read.  This is a book about a horse, a little brown horse no one thought would amount to anything. It's also a book about the three men who saw what others didn't and how the four came together to prove …
review by . May 31, 2006
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand is an inspiring story of an improbable racehorse and an improbable jockey who, together, set the world of horse racing on its head during the last days of the Great Depression. Hillenbrand skillfully weaves the historical events of the era in with the story of Seabiscuit and his rider, Red Pollard. Both overcame incredible odds to win some of racing's greatest races, and gave hope to millions of Americans who had been battered by years of war and …
review by . February 05, 2004
Several pages into, SEABISCUIT, I absolutely fell in love with the book. I learned so much about the history of racing, about Howard Shore, Tom Smith, George Woolf, and Red Pollard. Granted the book is a bit slow to read at first and the story splits back and forth between four different lives. However, everything comes together to tell the fascinating story of how Seabiscuit became the most loved horse in America.I enjoyed the way the start of the book deals with the lives of four different creatures: …
review by . July 30, 2003
First let me say this is undoubtedly the most interesting and enjoyable book I've read so far this year. What this book ultimately accomplishes is serving up a piece of unique U.S. history, that most people know very little about, in a readable, even dramatic narrative.The author does a tremendous job of taking the story of an ungainly underdog racehorse - Seabiscuit, his owner Charles Howard, the taciturn trainer Tom Smith, and the colorful jockey Red Pollard, and blending it into a dramatic story.I …
review by . February 07, 2003
Up to the time that I became aware of this book, I thought that the Seabiscuit was "just another racehorse with a name more suitable for punchlines by the Three Stooges. After all, I never saw his name listed among any of the Triple Crown winners or even as a winner of a Triple Crown race. That's a testament to my personal ignorance however. I now know however, that as a cultural phenomenon, Seabiscuit compares favorably with Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth.It's not that he won horse …
review by . April 22, 2002
If you think Steinbeck's fictional Joad family had a tough time during the Great Depression, read Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit" to find out what it was like to be a down-at-the-heels jockey or trainer trying to make a living from `The Sport of Kings' back in the 1930s.Hillenbrand not only gives her reader a fresh perspective on the Depression, she also lets us into the hearts and minds of three men and one great racehorse. Before reading this book, I had the vague notion that Seabiscuit was a …
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