Front Cover
Harper Collins, Aug 31, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
7 Reviews

""Secretariat" is an elegantly crafted, exhilarating tale of speed and power, grace and greatness, told with such immediacy that the reader is lost in the rush of horses and the clatter and ring of the grandstand."
--Laura Hillenbrand, bestselling author of "Seabiscuit"

Updated with a new preface by the author

In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of "Time," "Newsweek," and "Sports Illustrated" in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century." The tale of "Big Red" is an enduring and inspiring classic, more than thirty years after its initial publication.


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - sunnycouger - LibraryThing

I preface this with the statement that I'm not a horse-racing fan so, as such, perhaps this was a book that I shouldn't have taken on but sometimes it's good to branch out. I think if you find horse ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - omc10 - LibraryThing

This book is a great read. It is an inspirational story of the love for a horse, the determination of a woman, and the importance of the "underdog". Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

William Nack was born on February 4, 1941. He graduated from the University of Illinois, then served two years in the U.S. Army. After he was discharged, he got a job at the newspaper Newsday. He covered local politics before switching to sports during the eleven years he was there. He worked at Sports Illustrated for 23 years. He retired in 2001 and then wrote freelance articles for publications including ESPN and GQ. He received seven Eclipse Awards for excellence in writing about horse racing, the first in 1978 and the last in 2003. His book, Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, was published in 1975 and was adapted into a movie starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich in 2010. Nack appeared in the movie as a reporter and served as a consultant. An article that he wrote about Rocky Marciano served as the basis of a 1999 film about the undefeated boxer. In 2017, Nack received the PEN/ESPN America Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He died from complications associated with cancer on April 13, 2018 at the age of 77.

Bibliographic information