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  • Jul 8, 2010
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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.
 

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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 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 …
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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 and mishandled, as slow as growing grass, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. One was Tom Smith, known as "The Lone Plainsman," a virtually mute mustang breaker who had come from the vanishing frontier, bearing the secrets of horses. One was Red Pollard, a half-blind failed prizefighter and failing jockey who had been living in a horse stall since being abandoned at a makeshift racetrack as a boy. The third was Charles Howard, a former bicycle repairman who made a fortune by introducing the automobile to the American West. Bought for a bargain-basement price by Howard and rehabilitated by Smith and Pollard, Seabiscuit overcame a phenomenal run of bad fortune to become one of the most spectacular, dominant and charismatic performers in sports history. Competing in the cruelest years of the Depression, the rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense and fanatical following, inspiring an avalanche of merchandising, and establishing himself as the single biggest newsmaker of 1938.

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Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about history and Thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer/editor for Equus magazine since 1989. ...

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ISBN-10: 0345465083
ISBN-13: 978-0449005613
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Genre: Entertainment, Sports
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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