Seabiscuit: An American Legend

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - History - 453 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

The Day of the Horse ls Past
23
Mean Restive and Ragged
37
The Cougar and the Iceman
58
A Boot on One Foot a Toe Tag on the Other
79
Light and Shadow
99
Learn Your Horse
116
Fifteen Strides
133
Gravity
151
Deal
297
The Second Civil ar
312
All Four of His Legs Are Broken
331
A Long Hard Pull
349
Four Good Legs Between
355
One Hundred Grand
370
Epilogue
386
Acknowledgments
400

War Admiral
168
No Pollard No Seabiscuit
186
Need ls Luck
218
The Wise We Boys
236
Fortu1es Fool
270
The Dingbustingest Contest You Ever
283
Notes
407
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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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