Seabiscuit: An American Legend
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - susan259 - LibraryThing
Listening to this audio book, it is like I was really there. I could see and small the horses and hear the cheering of the crowds. I only wish she would feel well enough to tackle another. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KamGeb - LibraryThing
This was a well written book, but I couldn't get into the book. I just wasn't interested enough in the horse racing. And this book is really about horse racing. It is does have descriptions about the people, but they weren't the main focus of the book. Read full review
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