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The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful Book

I loved this book. I was born after Secretariat ran his great races but this book helped me to understand what a great and magnificent horse he was. It also is a great read because it talks about all the wonderful and devoted people behind the scenes that don't get enou...
I loved this book. I was born after Secretariat ran his great races but this book helped me to understand what a great and magnificent horse he was. It also is a great read because it talks about all the wonderful and devoted people behind the scenes that don't get enough recognition and the helped lead Secretariat to his victories. I own horses and have a great love and respect for them. I recommend this book to all i know!

posted by King_SolomonME on May 21, 2009

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Secritariat's life, or his grooms life?

I am personaly a huge fan of Secritariat, and for that matter any race horse who really put their heart into racing as Secritariat did. I enjoyed reading this book, but felt a little bit miss lead. I thought that I was going to be reading a book all about Secritariat's ...
I am personaly a huge fan of Secritariat, and for that matter any race horse who really put their heart into racing as Secritariat did. I enjoyed reading this book, but felt a little bit miss lead. I thought that I was going to be reading a book all about Secritariat's life and his victories and hardships, but instead the book focuses more on the grooms. The book seems to go off topic of Secritariat quite a bit and talks most about the lives of the grooms, and how little recognition they normally recieve for the hard work that they do (which I agree is true, but I want to know about Secritariat). If you are interested in the life of grooms on the backstretch, this book is for you, but if you are looking to seek more information about Secritariat you may want to look for a different book.

posted by Anonymous on June 26, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2010

    Interesting read about the people in Secretariat's life

    The Horse God Built, The Untold Story of Secretariat was nothing of the book I expected. It was mostly of the author and the different interviews he had done to find out about Eddie Sweat, Secretariat's groom. Lawrence Scanlan was a good writer for this book because he was enthusiastic about his findings in the horse world. He also was very appreciative of all the work these jockeys, grooms, and trainers put in to win a race, but mostly just the grooms. Scanlan went and explained horse terms that non- horse people wouldn't understand and even explained some race track slang. His enthusiasm for finding out as much as he could was very apparent. This book did not include much about Secretariat's life and how he came to be. I will admit I was expecting more when starting this book and thought we needed more background at first, but the more I read the more I got bored with the telling of Eddie Sweat from friends and acquaintances. This book explained the love of the horse and the relationship between human and horse. Everyone that Scanlan interviewed told him about the incredible love between Secretariat and Eddie Sweat. Secretariat would only let Eddie take care of him without trying to harm in some way. I would highly recommend seeing Secretariat the movie, as it is more about the horse and his wins and losses more than the people. This movie comes into theaters on October 8th , 2010.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Expecting to read a book about Secretariat? The front cover say

    Expecting to read a book about Secretariat? The front cover says "the untold story of Secretariat" so why wouldn’t you pick it up? Instead, author Lawrence Scanlan uses Secretariat to bait horse lovers into reading his liberal political views on racism and to promoted class warfare. Scanlan to the rescue of grooms. Not all grooms. Just black grooms. Eddie Sweat wasn’t complaining so why is Scanlan using Secretariat to bash Chenery ande others? “Scam-man” actually presents his own unsubstantiated assumptions and speculations in a manner intended to sway the political views of readers. I wanted to read about Secretariat, not liberal politics. For a non-fiction book that was promoted as the untold story of a beloved real life horse this cheesy tactic at political posturing is nothing less than disgraceful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    Picke it up and put it down

    Want to read the REAL story of the hero of 1973 that provided sonething to look forward to in tines of...well not so grea tines???? Get the book secretariat by willia nack. This....book...is a insukt to his memory and although it has a good title and picture, this book has almost bothung to do with the anazing horse. It is barely about Eddie sweat either. Dont waste your money. I bought this and highly regret it. I am a horse racing geek/fan and i had to put it down. IT IS NOT WORTH IT GO READ SECRETARIAT BY WILLIA NAVK NOT THIS THING

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