Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 346 pages
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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.

BONUS: This edition contains a Seabiscuit discussion guide and an excerpt from 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.

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Outstanding research, compelling writing. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Lindsey Sanders - Goodreads

I am surprised to say that having had no interest in horse racing before this book, it is one of the best books I have ever read. Laura Hillenbrand has a way of writing history that makes it impossible to put down. I think I even liked it better than her other book Unbroken. Read full review

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Story of a horse, his owner, trainer and jockey. Read full review

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

All I Need Is Luck

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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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