Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion

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Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion, is the first complete story of the legendary thoroughbred who captured the heart of a nation. Introduced by Grantland Rice and written by seasoned track writer B. K. Beckwith, its pages are full of unique stories about the beloved horse and the people who were closest to him. Presented in its original oversized format and featuring period photographs and specially commissioned artwork by Howard Brodie, Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion follows the thoroughbred's ...
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Overview

Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion, is the first complete story of the legendary thoroughbred who captured the heart of a nation. Introduced by Grantland Rice and written by seasoned track writer B. K. Beckwith, its pages are full of unique stories about the beloved horse and the people who were closest to him. Presented in its original oversized format and featuring period photographs and specially commissioned artwork by Howard Brodie, Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion follows the thoroughbred's illustrious career, from his humble birth in Kentucky to his remarkable string of races across the country from 1936 to 1940, and culminating in his stunning victory at Santa Anita. In researching her best-selling Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand drew on Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion, a rare contemporary account originally published in 1940 that preserves insights, anecdotes, and quotes found no where else. Beckwith's book will delight anyone interested in seeing more and learning more about this great horse and will allow readers to experience the excitement of Seabiscuit as the story unfolded and in the words of those who were there-Charles S. Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, and George Woolf.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1940, this oversized edition once again hits the shelves, hoping to ride the coattails of last year's Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand, and this summer's movie based on the book. Written in the over-the-top style that is typical of mid-century sportswriting ("A silver sword of daylight rent the mantle which draped the furrowed contours of the Sierra Madre"), the prose is more reminiscent of 1940s newsreel voiceovers than of Hillenbrand's restrained lyricism. Beckwith's use of hyperbole and omniscient narration makes Seabiscuit's remarkable story seem more like a Greek myth than a true-life tale. For instance, Seabiscuit is described as "one whose hoofbeats will echo in the hallowed halls of time till the last post bugle has sounded, and great horses gallop no more on this earth." This unbridled passion gives today's reader some insight into just how popular this rags-to-riches, undersized horse was in his heyday. The highlight of this timely reissue is the artwork, which includes illustrations by Howard Brodie and 23 b&w photos-the latter give a glimpse of the true beauty of the champion and provide some breathtaking wire-shots from the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps. (Aug.) FYI: This title marks the launch of its publishing house, Westholme Press. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Beckwith, a noted track writer in his day, penned this portrait of the champion horse in 1940. Seabiscuit's story is the stuff that fairy tales are made of: the abused animal was rescued, retrained to run, and blossomed into one of horse-racing's greatest winners. This volume tells the whole story in brief, along with numerous pictures and illustrations. The success of the recent feature film on this equine legend will generate interest in the book. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594160004
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Pages: 6466
  • Sales rank: 985,177
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Great book!

    My wife and I both read Laura Hillenbrand's book and a friend recommended that we read Beckwith's. I am glad we did! We both enjoy history and it was thrilling to read a contemporary account of the story so well told by Hillenbrand. Beckwith's is the real deal, the story as it happened with all the excitement and drama of being there yourself. In addition, the book itself is quite beautiful; a wonderful cover, nice paper, and a full color picture of Seabiscuit. I highly recommend this book.

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