Barbaro: A Nation's Love Story

Barbaro: A Nation's Love Story

by Pamela K. Brodowsky, Tom Philbin
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Barbaro: A Nation's Love Story by Pamela K. Brodowsky, Tom Philbin

This up-to-minute book follows the story of Barbaro, the Triple Crown contender whose unlikely fight back from almost certain death from a shattered leg and ensuing complications captured the hearts of a nation who responded with a stunning display of love.

In 132 years of derby races, only 11 horses have won the Triple Crown, the last in 1978. Barbaro was a favorite to be the twelfth until May 20, 2006, at the Preakness Stakes, when his jockey, Edgar Prado pulled him up a couple of hundred yards from the starting gate. Subsequent examination revealed that he had virtually exploded bones in his right rear leg so badly that under normal conditions he would have been euthanized right on the track. But his owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, chose another path, one filled with anxiety and tears—but also courageous determination to save his life.

This touching, soaring book—filled with insights from Barbaro's trainers, breeders, caretakers, and owners—follows Barbaro from foal to colt to champion to perfect patient. But In the end it is not just a story of a down-but-not-out champion, but of human beings at their very best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061284854
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2007
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Pamela K. Brodowsky grew up on a horse ranch and has more than 30 years of experience with race horses, often showing Thoroughbreds in competitions. She is also the founder of International Literary Arts, and is a popular speaker at many writers' conferences. She lives in Moscow, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two children.

Tom Philbin is a writer of numerous books and has also written articles for a variety of magazines, including Parade, Woman's Day, and Reader's Digest. He lives in Centerport, New York.

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Barbaro: A Nation's Love Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read! I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could get no farther than Page 5, first chapter, when the first of many factual errors jumped off the page. Ogden Mills Phipps never owned Claiborne Farm. He was a client who bred and raced horses under the the Phipps family name. Claiborne Farm was owned by the noted Kentucky thoroughbred figure A.B. (Bull) Hancock. Barbaro's courage and determination deserve a more factual effort by the authors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is rife with errors. Worse, it extensively picks up quotes, scenes, and descriptions from articles written in numerous other publications with no attribution, leading readers (who are also buyers) to believe the authors did all the interviews and research themselves. This is a poor rehash of other writers' work for such varied publications and outlets as Associated Press, 'Current Biography,' the Dartmouth Alumni magazine, and Daily Racing Form. Read the originals instead. There's nothing new here, and it's badly presented with little apparent editing to correct errors pertaining to both the horses and the people who appear. Better choices with original reporting and proper sourcing and attribution: Sean Clancy's book and Shelly Mickle's book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book(other than a few typos)!! Follows Barbaros life from the begining. If you want to learn & just pleasure read about him, this is a great book!
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Noelle McClain More than 1 year ago
I love the way she really gets you into the book with all of the intense scenes that happen in his life... sad to know he has passed away but he is a champion. This book will make you cry and long for him not to die. I think that anyone who loves horses and enjoys horse racing will enjoy this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. The introduction is so well written that it leaves you with that tight feeling in your chest and a thirst to read more. It not only gives the reader information about Barbaro but also information on the beauties of training and racing a horse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this was an outstanding book!!!!! it was great to read and even though there were a few typing mistakes it was teriffic!! you shared the authers pain, sorrow, happiness, and joy!!! if your looking for a great book on barbaro you found it!!!you may be lost barbaro, but you will never be forgotten!!!!!!! we miss you so much!!! you were definately a fighter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think we were all touched by the efforts to save this horse and the outpouring of emotion by the legions of people that watched his story unfold In reading this book I could feel the authors love, pain, and admiration not only for the horse but for all the people who worked so hard and gave so much to save him. They did this for no other reason than pure love. If you are an animal lover, horse racing enthusiast or part of the human race you will be moved by this book. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I loved this book. It gives insight to all of Barbaro's life. However, there are many, many editing mistakes. One page in particular had a paragraph that obviously had a couple of sentences left out. Also a lot was spelled wrong. Fortunately, it is easy to put that aside and learn about Barbaro's life and human family. I loved reading it and loved how it referenced a lot. The end of it seemed kind of splotchy because all they did was copy stuff from the internet, but it was still a great read. !!!!!!!!!! I love you Barbaro!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the book I thought that the authors showed a great admiration not only for Barbaro but for the people that loved him and cared for him. I found the book to be very informative. I also was deeply sadden by the way they slaughter these magnificent animals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have liked it better if the book had color photos, but that one on the cover is outstanding. I just stare at it, and I think the one of Edgar Prado on the back cover is good too. It was also wonderful to see so many people care about Barbaro. I think it said a lot about the way people can really be. I'll never forget Barbaro, and this book will always be with me when I want to spent a few moments with him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received my copy of Barbaro: A Nation¿s Love Story on Saturday, a day which I had planned to start my Spring cleaning. Well that never happened. I sat down to take a quick look through the book and never ended up leaving the couch until I finished hours later. What a touching book. I could actually feel the authors¿ attachment to this horse throughout the text, an affection that I share dearly with them. I read and I cried and I read and I cried some more. Brodowsky and Philbin captured his short life and the love that so many had for him in this timeless celebration. One of the things I enjoyed about the book is that they just didn¿t tell how Americans felt about Barbaro but actually showed it with real notes that were sent to this magnificent horse. Not too many horses have their own mail account but with Barbaro the feelings were so deep with so many that there was no other way. This book chronicles Barbaro¿s life from the beginning to the unfortunate end and all I can say is make sure you have a good tissue supply before you start. WONDERFUL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. I was never into horse racing, however a friend recommended this book, and I am VERY happy that she did! The authors obviously have a deep love for animals, and tell the story of Barbaro with great love and care!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice tribute, nice perspective on such a gripping story and fast too. This horse is going to be remembered forever. Thanks to the authors for making something lovely to remember him by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the authors had no access to any of the people directly involved in this story, so they had to rely on work done by other people who did. there's nothing new here. amateurish writing. sloppy editing. b&w pictures not even on glossy paper. this was a rush to print with one thing in mind: $
Guest More than 1 year ago
As someone who has followed Barbaros life, I was very excited and couldn't wait to read this book. I wasn't disappointed. It's a very interesting book and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was poorly written and with great haste to cash in on the Barbaro Nation and the death of a great horse. Authors Brodowsky and Philbin, shame on you! There is plagarism, photos without correct identification and so much more. I cannot trust what I read. A mess of a book. Only buy if you want to proof-read. THE BEST new books on Barbaro are: 'Barbaro: The Horse Who Captured America's Heart' by Sean Clancy and 'Barbaro' by Shelly Mickle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've have been a follower of Barbaro since long before the Kentucky Derby and have read just about every horse story (I think) ever written. This book is by far among the top notch. Not only was I able to relive his wonderful life from birth to his unfortunate death but this story was told with pure emotion. Its a celebration of a great horse- one that will live in our hearts for many years to come. Brodowsky and Philbin have created a heartfelt keepsake that friends and fans of Barbaro will treasure for a lifetime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in less than a day. It was beautifully written and captured the the incredible life and death of Barbaro perfectly. I must disagree with the pp on all accounts. A must read for anyone who loves to read about the great spirit of the horse named Barbaro who died too young.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say this book is sure to well up the tears in even the strongest of us. The authors did a wonderful job of portraying Barbaro's short life and explaining details that non horse people wouldn't have easily known. Not only that, but they are using the book to make more people aware of the horrible horse slaughter issue that exists here in the United States. I say thank you to them for their help and recommend this book highly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok.. tragic story. Capitalize as fast as possible and get all the attention. But the rush to publish is all too apparent in this book. Horse names are not spelled correctly (Somethingroyal and Andover Way are obvious ones), Derby is frequently shown as lower case derby, and the horrible reference to wagering as 'a ton of money' just made me cringe. Both authors on the dust jacket are lauded as notable horse people and authors, but something apparently happened in the editing portion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read this book yet but i have a question. DID BARBARO DIE???