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". It tells the true story of a horse and 3 men who despite humble backgrounds filled with hardship, were able to find success through talent, hard work, and a Lot of heart. Set in the Great Depression there's a lot of great history accurately portrayed in this book, both American history as well as racing history. You can tell the author did her homework. While the movie based on this book is excellent, you will get a much more in-depth experience through reading the book. Despite all of the facts presented, the book is still engaging and fun to read. Whether you are a horse lover or not, Seabiscuit is just as inspiring as he was during his prime in the Great Depression.
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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. ...