Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
An American Legend

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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.
 

About Laura Hillenbrand

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Laura Hillenbrand is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Seabiscuit: An American Legend, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, won the Book Sense Book of the Year Award and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, landed on more than fifteen best-of-the-year lists, and inspired the film Seabiscuit, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Hillenbrand's New Yorker article, "A Sudden Illness," won the 2004 National Magazine Award, and she is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award, the highest journalistic honor in Thoroughbred racing. She and actor Gary Sinise are the co-founders of Operation International Children, a charity that provides school supplies to children through American troops. She lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published July 1, 2003 by Ballantine Books. 447 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Racing was a popular, often unregulated sport in the 1930s, and wealthy men like Bing Crosby and his friend Charles Howard, who became Seabiscuit’s owner, fielded strings of horses all over the country.

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Publishers Weekly

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HGifted sportswriter Hillenbrand unearths the rarefied world of thoroughbred horse racing in this captivating account of one of the sport's legends. Though no longer a household name, Seabiscuit enjoy

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The New York Times

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... The second book by Laura Hillenbrand, the author of “Seabiscuit,” is to be
published in November, Random House announced on Monday.

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Seabiscuit set track records, prize money records, and won match-race victories against the best of his rivals, but one of the reasons he is less well known outside the US is that he never won in the American 'classics', the Triple Crown races.

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The Guardian

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Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse Laura Hillenbrand 399pp, Fourth Estate, £16.99 Horses exercise a powerful hold over the public imagination.

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BC Books

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Seabiscuit is not about a racehorse. Laura Hillenbrand's biography tells the story of more t...

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BC Books

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Anyone who knows about Seabiscuit probably knows his legacy.

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Most likely Hillenbrand reported the truth on each person's personality, but still, she had to put it in a way where it would create an emotional attachment between character and reader, and Hillenbrand has done just that.

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Book Reporter

However, as the events surrounding Seabiscuit's Cinderella story unfold, Hillenbrand manages to give the reader both a historical perspective into the social and economic forces that shaped the sport of kings in the mid-twentieth century as well as an informative inside look into the often wretch...

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Entertainment Weekly

But the author, who’s written about thoroughbred racing for over a decade, recovers when she focuses on the unlikely champion with ”baseball glove” knees, the half-blind jockey who rode him to glory, and the stoic trainer who called the horse ”son.” The stirring depiction of Seabiscuit’s 193...

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BookPage

Describing Seabiscuit's loss to Stagehand in a photo finish, Hillenbrand writes about how horse and owner handled the news: "Howard looked at Seabiscuit.

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