Seabiscuit: An American Legend

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
7 Reviews
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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Seabiscuit

User Review  - mesom - Overstock.com

Have not completely read entirely as of yet however this book is most enjoyable and looking forward to completion. I would recommend to anyone wanting to read a good book. Read full review

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Best book Iv ever read and Im not even into horses or racing. Laura Hillenbrand makes this story fascinating and absorbing. The success of an underdog! Wonderful. Read full review

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Contents

The Day of the Horse Is Past
9
Light and Shadow
83
Learn Your Horse
99
Gravity
127
War Admiral
141
No Pollard No Seabiscuit
157
Hardball
183
The Wise We Boys
199
Deal
251
The Second Civil War
265
All Four of His Legs Are Broken
283
A Long Hard Pull
295
Four Good Legs Between Us
312
Epilogue
329
Acknowledgments
341
Notes
349

Fortunes Fool
217
The Dingbustingest Contest You Ever Clapped an Eye On
239

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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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