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There's an alternate cover edition hereSeabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938 receiving 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 fortunesCharles 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 uoting 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


10 thoughts on “Seabiscuit

  1. says:

    I have been known to bet a couple of bucks on a horse race or two I lived in Kentucky for about 10 years where horse racing is king Now I live within a couple of hours of close to a dozen horse tracks including Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby Because of all this I figured I might be interested in the biography of one of history's most famous horses I was definitely satisfied with the experience The story of Seabiscuit reads like it was written for Hollywood and plays out like almost every emotional sports story ever Humble beginnings Scrappy unlikely heroes successes adversity failure no hope recovery and final ultimate triumph all these elements are here You will be amazed you will be moved you will be yelling at each horse race retelling cheering of Seabiscuit to succeed In the end I can 99% guarantee you will be exhausted and satisfiedWhile it did not bother me there is an awful lot about horse racing and horse training If these things do not interest you you may find some parts slow Luckily for me I was enthralled with horse training and the finer points of horse racing much that I ever thought I would beIf you enjoy a good sports story if you like stories about the underdog becoming the champion or if you enjoy books with a good history lesson it is definitely worth giving Seabiscuit a try


  2. says:

    Prior to November 2003 non fiction only entered my reading choices on sporadic occasions In November 2003 a pioneering member of my book club was the first to choose a non fiction book instead of a novel That book was Seabiscuit Even though I have always loved horses I had avoided reading Seabiscuit I just couldn't believe that all the hype was real So many times I had picked up a non fiction book on a topic that I was really curious about and either put it down unfinished or forced myself to slog through it Despite my interest in the subject matter the writing would drive me crazy too technical too boring too text book like In fact as one of those over achieving students who always completed college reading assignments I would have to say that many textbooks were actually better reads than the average non fiction offering on store shelves Seabiscuit I was happy to find was a complete surprise The hype was real No wonder it had sold so many copies It really does read like a novel and yet it is so deep Ms Hillenbrand has really explored her topic thoroughly and passes on all the details to us There is a section where she describes the jockeys' experience of riding in a race that is one of the best pieces of prose I have ever and will ever read I read it over and over It's so visceral she really puts you in the saddle plus the prose is beautiful in and of itself Another reason for the success of this novel is her success at placing the events in their historical context She not only puts you in the saddle she takes you back in time This was one of the universally best received choices we've read in book club Everyone loved it whether or not they cared at all about horses or sports And ever since then I've given non fiction chances and with better luck than ever before Sometimes I still put one down unfinished but now that I know how they can be I try often I highly recommend Seabiscuit to any of the following people anyone who has the slightest interest in horses or sports anyone who thinks jockeys have an easy job anyone interested in American history anyone with no interest in horses who just loves good writing anyone who thinks non fiction is dull and would welcome a surprise and EVERYONE ELSE o Update 2011Just finished reading for the second time this time aloud Still LOVE this book And while reading aloud which really makes you take your time I was powerfully struck again by the Ms Hillenbrand's facility with language to say she has a way with words is entirely inadeuate to express the beauty and expressiveness of her writing But although beautiful please don't think her writing might be too prosy it is NOT unnecessarily flowery or overbearing Seabiscuit is simply a fabulous read


  3. says:

    45 stars What a remarkable storyBrilliant once it got going and wonderfully crafted by Laura HillenbrandI learned a lot about horses and racing And that jockeys are badass🏇


  4. says:

    Welcome to the sparkling colorful and vibrant world of racehorses and tournaments with his legends dramas and passions located in the USA of the nineteenth twentiesOpenly speaking friends let me say that I would never have pick up a book about racehorses and only because of the greats and awesome reviews at goodreads and also because Laura Hillenbrand was the author did I in the end made my mind up to read this oneand thanks God that I didLet me tell you also that this book is written brilliantly and masterly believe me folks if I say that you will not be able to put it down its not an exaggeration at allThen if you will include the fact that Hillenbrand was severely sick at the time she wrote it and has rendered indeed a marvelous and thoroughly researched piece of work then you will be left dumbfounded to the uttermostAlso I have learned a lot about horses jockeys tournaments competitions and the feeling that existed in the America of the depression era people trying to recuperate from a financial depression and a war going onHaving said that it remains still a tale of resilience fight and the story of an underdog what in my opinion is almost always a good one indeed The main characters arouse empathy so that you will suffer with them although they are full of flaws and defects but they never give upPlease let me say it again Laura Hillenbrand can indeed write and that very very goodBelieve meSeabiscuit has reminded me positively of her other book unbrokenA wonderful and an inspiring tale I did love and enjoy it to the uttermost indeedFive stars and happy about thatDean;D


  5. says:

    I'm jealous of this woman because she writes better than I do I've always been a little snobby towards Seabiscuit as I'm a devoted War Admiral fan but this is probably the best book out there that really captures the essence of horse racing and she picked the right horse to do it withThis story is not just about Seabiscuit It's also about humanity and most importantly to me racing itself as it was in the 1930s You will be astonished at what you learn from this book from the incredible hardships jockies are willing to endure for love of their sport to the uniue underworld that exists behind the scenes Her research is extensive and meticulous her writing style engaging and honest She brings this whole world to life and I'm thrilled that such a window into the sport that I love has been opened for the average person who knows nothing about it nor has probably ever wondered or cared


  6. says:

    “It's easy to talk to a horse if you understand his language Horses stay the same from the day they are born until the day they die They are only changed by the way people treat them” ― Laura Hillenbrand Seabiscuit An American LegendI love LOVEthe story of Sea Biscuit What a horse He seemed almost human to meWe here in my family are huge Horse fans and Derby fans and even have had Kentucky Derby parties There are a few horses that just leave me speechless Secretariet is one Sea Biscuit is anotherThe book is so vivid you will feel like you are there It is a wonderful story about an exceptional champion Horse And the writer really deserves kudos From what I understand she wrote thisor much of thiswhile she was sick with Epstein Bar My mom has had Epstein Bar and I know how weak that can make one The fact that she wrote a book like this is amazingHighly HIGHLY recommended for all Horse lovers


  7. says:

    Can I give this 6 stars pleaseSuch a moving story Wonderful Full of heart AmazingI simply just adore it And it was even better than the movie Which should really tell you something since I probably know that movie by heart having already seen it 6 times till nowSeabiscuit is the best


  8. says:

    A true inspirational story about broken hearts and lost souls the golden thread that holds them together and yes belief Belief in oneself A horse trained to lose right from its birth Lose so that others can look good when they win Lose so that when they win they can look back and see others way behind A horse which has learned to live with pain and humiliation A horse which is angry It is this horse that catches the eye of Tom Smith a veteran horse trainer employed under Charles Howard a broken industrialist who has lost his young son Tom Smith realizes what the horse has been put through to and begins to heal it and make it start believing in itself Enters Red Pollard a loser jockey employed under Charles Howard too The story then moves on to the relationship that Red Pollard and the horse share the way they start to heal each other and what common things they find between themselves Beautifully written and amazingly uplifting


  9. says:

    I don't read very much non fiction but I just loved this


  10. says:

    Laura Hillenbrand breathes life and intimate detail to the world of horse racing I loved Sea Biscuit the underdog who prevailed to a hero Laura writes non fiction like the best fiction and I appreciate the way she makes it real Because of Seabisuit I have attended horse races And even bet The latest race was the Breeders Cup at Del Mar and the horse I bet on One Wild Broad? won What a thrillRebecca Rosenberg THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS LONDONThe Secret Life of Mrs LondonPlease FOLLOW