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Seabiscuit rose to prominence with the help of an unlikely triumvirate: owner Charles Howard, an automobile baron who once declared that "the day of the horse is past"; trainer Tom Smith, a man who "had cultivated an almost mystical communication with horses"; and jockey Red Pollard, who was down on his luck when he charmed a then-surly horse with his calm demeanor and a sugar cube. Hillenbrand details the ups and downs of "team Seabiscuit," from early training sessions to record-breaking victories, and from serious injury to "Horse of the Year"--as well as the Biscuit's fabled rivalry with War Admiral. She also describes the world of horseracing in the 1930s, from the snobbery of Eastern journalists regarding Western horses and public fascination with the great thoroughbreds to the jockeys' torturous weight-loss regimens, including saunas in rubber suits, strong purgatives, even tapeworms.
Along the way, Hillenbrand paints wonderful images: tears in Tom Smith's eyes as his hero, legendary trainer James Fitzsimmons, asked to hold Seabiscuit's bridle while the horse was saddled; critically injured Red Pollard, whose chest was crushed in a racing accident a few weeks before, listening to the San Antonio Handicap from his hospital bed, cheering "Get going, Biscuit! Get 'em, you old devil!"; Seabiscuit happily posing for photographers for several minutes on end; other horses refusing to work out with Seabiscuit because he teased and taunted them with his blistering speed.
Though sometimes her prose takes on a distinctly purple hue ("His history had the ethereal quality of hoofprints in windblown snow"; "The California sunlight had the pewter cast of a declining season"), Hillenbrand has crafted a delightful book. Wire to wire, Seabiscuit is a winner. Highly recommended. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the best films I have seen in ages. My dad owned some race horses with his brother, so though I was young when he was racing, he explained it all to me and I loved it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Lotte
Even though I have no interest in horses or horse racing, I really enjoyed this story. Hillenbrand wove a lot of suspense and drama into Seabiscuit's rise to fame & glory that I... Read morePublished 2 days ago by John Lawlar
the amount of work that went into the writing of the book made it one of the best I have read in a very long time Laura told how a misfit colt became one of the all time greats... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Betty Horn
The book was slow to start and had some slow moments throughout, but, overall, I loved the information about horse racing the lives that surround it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Andrea M.
After viewing my DVD film copy many times and enjoying it immensely, I decided to go to the actual source material. Read morePublished 5 days ago by granny1
I've never followed horse racing, and never knew much about horse racing at all until I read this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Cory Holm
I truly enjoyed this book. It was very inspiring. Interesteing writing. Loved that it was a true story & loved all the characters. Good ending.Published 14 days ago by Johanna barat
It is very rare for me to say I liked the movie better than the book, but it is true in this case. My book club read this book and honestly I had high hopes for it, as Laura... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kerry Wendelburg
Not just a book about horse racing..it's much more!
Anyone who loves sports or animals, especially horse racing and the world of jockeys.