Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2003 - History
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BONUS: This edition contains a Seabiscuit discussion guide and an excerpt from Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.
  

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Outstanding research, compelling writing. - Goodreads
I cried at the ending and have never forgotten it. - Goodreads
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Different form the movie, more character development - Goodreads
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This book started out pretty good. But then it sort of dragged on. Perhaps it was my mindset. Extremely well researched and well written, though. And it was a compelling story. I definitely enjoyed it, I'm just not rushing to read it again. Read full review

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Contents

Preface 1ii
1
Horse Is Past 3
24
Mean Restivc and Raggel 31
49
A Boot on one Foot a Toe Tag on the Other
65
Light and Shadow
84
Learn Your Horse
99
Var Admiral
141
N0 Pollard N0 Seabiscuit
155
The Wise We Boys 19
205
Fortunes Fool
216
The Dingbustingest Contest You Ever Clapped an Eye On
239
The Second Civil War 265
All Four oiiHis Legs Are Broken 281
Four Good Legs Between Us 303
One Hundred Grand 317
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All I Need Is Luck
173
Hardball
183

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About the author (2003)

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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