Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion: a roughhewn, undersized horse with a sad little tail and knees that wouldn't straighten all the way. But, thanks to the efforts of three men, Seabiscuit became one of the most spectacular performers in sports history. The rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense following and becoming the single biggest newsmaker of 1938 -- receiving more coverage than FDR or Hitler. Laura Hillenbrand beautifully renders this story of one horse's journey from also-ran to national luminary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345465085
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.17(w) x 6.89(h) x 1.03(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)

About the Author

Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about Thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer/editor for Equus magazine since 1989. Her work has also appeared in American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf and Sport Digest and many other publications. Her 1998 American Heritage article on Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing, the highest award for Thoroughbred racing. She is currently serving as a consultant on a Universal Studios movie based on this book. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Laura lives in Washington, D.C.

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 322 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened upon this book by mere coincidence and only read it to get in the good graces of my English teacher who was unleashing a vicious wrath on those who disagreed with her book choices. She handed it to me with high reccomendations. With my gradess at stake, I struggled to maintain focus during the first few pages of interminable facts, but soon fell in love with the gripping tale of a quiet trainer, a garralous owner, and horse with both character and a huge heart. You don't need to be an animal lover to enjoy this enthralling tale though it helps. While this reccomendation may not have moved you, I hope that you will give this wonderful book a chance as my ability in writing reviews, this being my first, does not in any way reflect the ability of Laura Hillenbrand's amazing story telling ability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Unbroken and read that first. I decided to go ahead and read this story even though it isn't my usual type of book. Wow. This book was just as good as Unbroken which is high praise. I cannot wait to see what her next project will be...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Laura Hillenbrand's heartening tale one horse lifts the country as he races to unlikely victories. The novel tells the tale of Seabiscuit, a doubted horse that despite all of his setbacks, rises and becomes, arguably, the best race horse of the century. All adding a dash of depth, Hillenbrand, connects us to the characters of, Tom Smith the quiet and wise trainer, Red Pollard the blind battered jockey, and the owner; a charming self made man, Charles Howard. It is inevitable the personal connection made with all the characters, but the connection to Seabiscuit even makes non-horse lovers fall in love with his comedic and stubborn personality. Hillenbrand brilliantly intertwines the hardships and poverty of the country with the main theme of perseverance to overcome. Using imagery, Hillenbrand, portrays the toll that racing had on not only Seabiscuit, but also his main jockey Red. As the horse and jockey became more beaten throughout the story their importance, perseverance, and unbreakable bond only grew greater. The novel also yields the message of teamwork and the importance of taking risks. As the economy crashed Howard's growing business as a car repairman halted and he, like so many other Americans, questioned what to do. Following his interest in the dying sport of horse racing he purchased Seabiscuit, the son of Hardtack (a miraculous race horse). With the combination of Seabiscuit, Red Pollard, and Tom Smith, Charles Howard hoped victory would proceed. Working as a team the unlikely horse rose to greatness, demonstrating that risks and hard work are essential to the success of any feat large or small. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, with the exception of the small portion of dry writing in the beginning, and I would indefinitely recommend this book to someone. It tells an uplifting and touching story of perseverance, relationships, and victory, that anyone would enjoy reading. Other inspirational novels such as Secretariat and Man O' War would be great additional reads to Seabiscuit. In 1938 every stride Seabiscuit made towards victory captured the hearts of Americans and now through every page of this novel he is capturing more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will admit, I saw the movie first. However, this only made me enjoy the book more, for it is the amazing detail with which the author brings to life the story of Seabiscuit that makes it such a wonderful read. Yes, I cried. And I was in shock at reading of the horrors the jockeys would inflict upon themselves. Absorbing, wonderful...just wonderful. Some of the best written non-fiction out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LH did a wonderful job of putting all of this together. It keeps you in want of the next page throughout. Incredible story, very well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The truly awesome story of an amazing horse with some of the most intense racing scenes I've ever read. Also the story of the owner, Howard; the trainer, Tom Smith; and the jockey, Red Pollard - all odd balls in their own way. Very moving. Loved it.
Katherine Russell More than 1 year ago
After reading Unbroken, I was anxious to read another of Laura Hillenbrands books. Wasn't sure if I would enjoy it as much, but Seabiscuit was fabulous! I hated for it to end. The characters were well developed as were the racing events. Highly recommed it! Ms. Hillenbrand is a exceptionally gifted author. I pray that she will be able to bless us with more of her literary talents. Thank You Laura!
DoctorDavidNJ More than 1 year ago
You can hear the hoofbeats and smell the sweat on every page. The movie is not enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book is so good. I have seen the movie & now own a copy. This book about Howard, Smith, & Pollard and of course Seabisciut wants you to keep pulling for them all. Read this book even if you don't have a love for history, you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was slow to start, I felt like I had to read a 100 pg prologue to get to the story...Once I got to the story I just wanted to finish the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With all the relentless buzz surrounding the book and movie, I felt compelled to read the story of Seabiscuit, the plucky little horse who overcame adversity. He's a fascinating subject and author Laura Hillenbrand spares no small detail in her narration. In the end, I felt tired of the countless races and near victories. More editing would have helped the book. Sometimes less is more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows seabiscuts whole life! I found everything i need to know about him!
Dragongirl7 More than 1 year ago
This was an inspiring book of the will, perseverance, heart and determination of a magnificent horse and the three man whose lives revolved around him during Depression-era America. It's a great book for anyone, not just horse-people. I found myself rooting for Seasbiscuit even when it seemed like he couldn't do it. My heart raced alongside Seabiscuit. The feats of this brave little horse and his fearless jockey were so incredible and unbelievable, and they earned a place in my heart
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book, and I am apparently alone here. Though the storyline intrigues me greatly, I found the style of writing to be quite similar to a textbook I might have had in grade school. I still plan on seeing the movie, but prefer to stick with books that provide a little more emotional insight than this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Hillenbrand is the Tiger Woods of historical novelists. It makes you wonder why every novel can't be this good. Plagued by chronic fatigue syndrome and vertigo, Hillenbrand took to writing on her back with eyes closed, surrounding herself with food and supplies, researching and following up on detail after detail to create the one of the most enjoyable and historically accurate novels ever written. She paints a backdrop for her subject matter out of the grit of the 1930's with a colorful palette of unforgettable characters and locales including the account of a "dead" jockey who was sprung back to life by a shot of adrenaline and fought to get back on his horse for the next race! The popularity of Seabiscuit during the depression can be compared to the Beatles in the 60's. The hysteria and excitement created by this courageous champion of a horse jumps out of the pages and holds the reader hostage through each heart-stopping race. This is an adventure worth reliving again and again!
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SecondRunReviews 12 months ago
As many of you know I love horses. I ride and spend time at a local stable on a regular basis. I have not, I’ll admit, never been a huge fan of horse focused fiction novels. They never seem to capture the thrill I feel when I ride or the love I feel when I care for them. Now, horse-based movies, whoa doggie, I love those. And I remember when my husband and I saw ads for Seabiscuit. My husband turned to me and said, “I suppose you have to go see that one?” We did see Seabiscuit and he eventually bought me the DVD which came with a copy of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, on which the movie was based. It’s languished on my shelves since. Then came the #ShelfLove Challenge and I thought, “I should read it at some point.” Then I thought, “I really don’t like non-fiction books and that one looks soooo long.” So I kept passing it over. Well, it was silly of me to pass Seabiscuit: An American Legend over for so long. It is a meat and potatoes book. Hillenbrand spends a great deal of time setting up the story, getting our main characters in the right space at the right time, but once they join forces behind a scrappy horse named Seabiscuit. We got off to the races… I’ve seen the movie, I knew how this book would end. What I didn’t anticipate were all the twists and turns to get there. The movie doesn’t delve into the lives of the jockeys (which was brutal) and the politics of horse racing. There were horrible accidents, backroom deals and a nation united behind an underdog. So while there were dry moments, I was fascinated by the history of horseracing in America and I loved learning more about a horse with a lot of heart. Seabiscuit: An American Legend won’t be for everyone. It’s thick and at times, dense and boring. But if you thought the movie Seabiscuit was a bit lackluster, you might give the book a shot especially if you enjoy horses and are looking for a book that will give you hope during a dark time in American history.
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This was awsome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story gave a very good insight in to what it took to reach the goal he obtained. It also gave a good account of what the jockeys had to do to train to be the excellent riders they were. Great Book
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This is a great book to learn all about the horse,its owners,its trainer,its jockeys,and its fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In just a few short words, this book was awesome! A must read for any and all horse lovers!!