Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Seabiscuit An American Legend Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story one that proves life is a horse race Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single

  • Title: Seabiscuit: An American Legend
  • Author: Laura Hillenbrand
  • ISBN: 9780345465085
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.Seabiscuit 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 writtenHillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.Seabiscuit 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 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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    1. Stephanie "Jedigal"

      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 mys [...]

    2. Saleh MoonWalker

      Onvan : Seabiscuit: An American Legend - Nevisande : Laura Hillenbrand - ISBN : 345465083 - ISBN13 : 9780345465085 - Dar 457 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1999

    3. Dean

      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 twenties .Openly 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 , and also because Laura Hillenbrand was the author, did I in the end made my mind up to read this oned thanks God that I did!!!!!Let me tell you also that this book is written brillia [...]

    4. Swaps55

      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 with.This 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 incredi [...]

    5. Atishay

      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 Ho [...]

    6. Christina

      This was, truly, "fast-paced non-fiction." This book galloped along with all the speed of the horse it followed, which I find rare for books that simply relate a true story. Hillenbrand did a fantastic job giving a straightforward account of the history and background of Seabiscuit and the people around him, yet not once did she stoop to sounding like a pedantic authority on the subject. This book had all the tone and pace of great novels I've read, but it was so interesting to keep reminding my [...]

    7. Rebecca Rosenberg

      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 Seabisquit, 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 thrill!Rebecca Rosenberg THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDONThe Secret Life of Mrs. LondonPlease FOLLO [...]

    8. Christie Bogle

      okay, so can I admit that I was weeping at the open of this book? I know, it is stupid. I love animals, and horses in particular, way too much. However, this book was opened so powerfully, I don't know if I can blame my love of animals for my tears this time around. Very well written for pleasure reading and captures the fanfare that was really a part of this horse.I let my grandmother tell me the whole story of how the world was divided as much by the rivalries between fans of Seabiscuit and fa [...]

    9. Heather

      Seabiscuit has been sitting on my shelf for years because I never seemed to be in the mood to read a book about horse racing. Finally, trying to clear space, I decided it was now or never. Within the first chapter, I was hooked. The pacing is impeccable, the people (and horses) come to life, and I felt as if I were at the racetrack. The book reads like fiction, but the endnotes attest to its veracity. Now I'm trying to get my husband to read it, but he's never in the mood for a book about horse [...]

    10. Lisa Kay

      ★★★★★ I LOVE this book! I have the full novel in the commemorative pictorial, the DVD, and now the audiobook, wonderfully narrated by Campbell Scott. Ms. Hillenbrand has researched her topic well, but she brings it to the page with insight, humor and an emotional depth that make it additive. You want to find out more about these three misfits – excuse me, make that four misfits, including Seabiscuit – and find out how they won the love of a nation in the midst of the Great Depressi [...]

    11. Rebecca

      Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017: Read a book about sports. This book started slow, and then I could NOT put it down. I cried twice during race scenes, and had to stop reading before bed because my heart was pounding! I learned more about racing -- and Depression-era America -- than I ever expected. Especially interesting to me was the psychology of horses (how they play off each other's emotions during a race) and the physiology of being a jockey (making weight & serious injury -- whew) [...]

    12. Inês Beato

      Seabiscuit foi um dos melhores cavalos de corrida de sempre e uma lenda do desporto equestre. Eu sou uma amante de cavalos, animais absolutamente notáveis com os quais sempre tive oportunidade de conviver desde pequena, pelo que foi com absoluto deleite que li a história deste cavalo fenomenal, contada magistralmente por Laura Hillenbrand. "Seabiscuit, an American Legend" apresenta um trabalho de pesquisa impressionante, aliado a uma escrita ímpar e uma capacidade para contar histórias digna [...]

    13. Ed

      The wonderfully talented Laura Hillenbrand makes history come alive in this page turning account of the life and times of one of thoroughbreds greatest 4 legged athletes. After setting the depression era stage, the author examines the back-stories of Seabiscuit's charismatic owners; Charles and Marcella Howard, the enigmatic and gifted trainer Tom Smith, the very talented but hard luck jockey, Red Pollard and of course the protagonist, Seabiscuit. Where I might differ in the universally effusive [...]

    14. Heather

      What an amazing story! I only regret that I didn't live in the time of Seabiscuit's glory! I fell in love with this horse! I have recently taken riding lessons (English)and this story was more meaningful because of the little experience I have had with horses. I have always loved this animal since my youth so reading a "horse" book sounded like fun. Being a true story made it a remarkable read! I liked the way it was written (by someone who knows horses inside and out). Very beautiful and descri [...]

    15. Swaroop

      Right now, I would read an obituary if it was written by Laura Hillenbrand. What a gift for words!I was very apprehensive about reading about a racehorse when I started the book, twenty minutes into the book, I was hooked. The fact that I had no idea about horse racing history made it even better; I had no idea what Seabiscuit had and hadn't, won so every race was thrilling.The little forays into lives of jockeys and horsemen in 1930s America were particularly brilliant. I would gladly read a bo [...]

    16. Laura

      Just arrived from USA through BM. Since I absolutely loved Unbroken, I decided to read LH's famous book after have watched the movie based on this book a long time ago.The main characters, Charles Howard, Red Pollard and Tom Smith are entwined into Seabiscuit's career and the book shows how his life changed their own lives forever.Even if it's a non-fiction book, Hillenbrand knows how to give a true fictional character to the narrative itself, putting her own heart on it.I am looking forward for [...]

    17. K.M. Weiland

      This is a story for the ages. Hillenbrand does a magnificent job of capturing the swirling excitement that surrounded the unbelievable racing career of the unlikely Seabiscuit. Her exquisite attention to detail and her evocative but never ostentatious prose creates a lost world of Depression-era racing. She doesn't flinch from her cast's warts, but, in the end, we love them as much as we love the horse. Fantastic story, fantastically told.

    18. Eric_W

      After having achieved fame and winning races all over the place, there was a great deal of pressure to run Seabiscuit in a match race against War Admiral, his blood relative who was cleaning up the tracks in the East. After finally making the arrangements for a race at Belmont in late 1939, not so easily done because War Admiral, a triple-crown winner, was due to be retired at the end of the year and what did the owner have to gain by possibly losing to a rival, the race was called off because S [...]

    19. JG (The Introverted Reader)

      Seabiscuit. An American Legend. I think the only reason I even know the horse's name is because of the movie they filmed a few years ago. I'm obviously not a horse-racing fan, right?I don't even remember why I grabbed this at a library book sale. A friend here on GR must have given it a good review. But I am so glad I read this. I've gotten much better about reading non-fiction over the past six months, but I was amazed at what a page-turner this was for me. I've been reading non-fiction before [...]

    20. Nicole R

      I love horse racing. I do not know why I am so enamored with it and I certainly do not follow it year round, but for the few months of the Triple Crown I cannot get enough. I research the horses, I research the jockeys, I read about previous winners, trainers, owners, anything. That is a long way to say that I knew I would love this book. There is no way that I wouldn't. What I wasn't prepared for his how much I was completely captivated by Seabiscuit's story.Seabiscuit was an amazing horse. But [...]

    21. Elizabeth A

      I have seen, and loved, the movie based on this book several times, and as I tend to enjoy non-fiction reads during the summer, decided to dive in. I listened to the audiobook which is wonderfully narrated by George Newbern.This is narrative non-fiction at its best. I loved everything about this story. The characters, both human and horse, are broken but not out. The pacing of the story is excellent, and there were moments that I was on tenterhooks waiting to see what would happen next. Given th [...]

    22. Pete

      I absolutely loved this book. Hillenbrand's pacing and style draw's the reader in. Her attention to detail is captivating from the very first page. This is a book teeming with interesting and fascinating characters, not the least of which is Seabiscuit himself. As I read this book, I grew to love this magnificent animal; his quirky and mischievous personality, his gluttonous eating habits, his inner peace and serenity through tumultuous periods and, most of all, his unrelenting courage against a [...]

    23. Audrey

      I just started this book. On page one of the prologue, I had the chilling and paranoid feeling that I had better not read it yet because it was going to be one of the best horse books I could ever read (and now that I've read Horse Heaven, after this book, all horse books must only be downhill, it seems to me right now), and about the very best horse who has ever lived. So I should save it, HOARD it, like a hamster, put off the pleasure and savour its expectation.However, I am still reading it.A [...]

    24. Suzanne

      After reading this one, all I can say is "Wow!" Laura Hillenbrand, with her two books of non-fiction, has risen to the top of my all-time favorite authors.In this work on the famed depression-era racehorse, Seabiscuit, Hillenbrand presents a story so captivating and remarkable that I found myself completely unable to put the book down. The author doesn't just tell us about a horse or a race, but she clearly did a monumental amount of research to let her readers actually get to know this horse, t [...]

    25. Ray Campbell

      Really nice surprise. I'm not a betting person nor interested in horses. I was also under the impression this was a novel on which the movie was based. I was wrong. This is a straight history. It begins at the turn of the century and paints a vivid picture of the world at the time. From the San Fransisco Earthquake to the Great Depression, Hillenbrand draws a line and tells not merely the story of a great racing horse, but expresses the meaning of him life in the context of his times. Not at all [...]

    26. ☮Karen

      Such a diversity of emotions I felt while reading this. Although I was rather bored in the preliminary introductions of horse and the men around said horse, I hung on for dear life along with the jockies during the detailed descriptions of the races. There are actually two climaxes to the story, two long-anticipated races in Seabiscuit's career. I felt chills and tears in my eyes during these perfectly-described, history-making events. I wish I had read Seabscuit's story before I and a group of [...]

    27. Donna

      4.5 starsSeabiscuit is such a great story. I loved this book. It was so well written. Laura Hillenbrand managed to capture the horse racing world in a vivid way. And that also included the lives of the trainers and the jockeys. What demanding jobs they had. I can't imagine being a jockey, because most of them had such a sad life and most were destitute. Overall, I enjoyed learning about everything this book had to offer.

    28. Allison Anderson Armstrong

      Wow, Laura Hillenbrand amazes me again with her detailed, historical narrative of a subject that I was not initially super interested in. I have always loved horses but this story brought the sport of horse racing and jockeying to life! I can't believe how much research she had to do to write this book, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who just likes a good read. A bit too many facts and detail at times bogged me down, but overall I am enthralled with this writer.

    29. Betsy

      This is the story of a horse and the three men who had the most influence on his career, his owner, his trainer, and his main jockey. Seabiscuit wasn't the most beautiful of horses and he had some physical problems, but he could run and run he did. The celebrated horse was popular in the pre-WWII years as he won many races in the West. He did not run in any of the Triple Crown competitions.This book also discusses the men who found a way to bring the feisty but frequently lazy horse to greatness [...]

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