Though Laura Hillenbrand had been writing about thoroughbred racing since 1988 as a contributing writer/editor for Equus magazine and other publications, it was her riveting 2001 retelling of the super-inspirational Seabiscuit saga that captured the nation's attention.
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B.A., Kenyon College
William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award; National Book Critics Circle Award Nomination for Seabicuit, 2002
|Seabiscuit: An American Legend|
An true American epic set during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit tells story of the three men and the down-at-the-heels racehorse that took them and the whole country on an unforgettable ride. "In Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand has written one of the best sports biographies in the history of the genre," observed William Nack in Sports Illustrated. Seabiscuit was also adapted as a major motion picture starring Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire.
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|A Fighter, Like Her Subject|
|Hillenbrand was diagnosed with severe chronic fatigue syndrome when she was 19 and has been battling it ever since -- often having to remain bedridden for long periods, including the time she was writing Seabiscuit. She recalled to Beliefnet.com in a 2001 interview: "I identified in a very deep way with the individuals I was writing about because the theme that runs through this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it. That is the fundamental struggle of my life, trying to get over this extremely devastating physical condition. There are times when I think, 'I can't stand this any more,' but you find a way to do it."|