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Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion Paperback – August 1, 2004
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"The highlight of this timely reissue is the artwork. . . a glimpse of the true beauty of the champion." -- Publishers Weekly
"Those who have read Hillenbrand's book or have seen the movie will appreciate the story even more by reading this." -- Cindy Pierson Dulay, Horse-Races.net
Top Customer Reviews
The race descriptions have a feeling of exhilaration about them, as if Beckwith can scarcely believe that he was privileged enough to see this great horse in action. And it's very touching to read what people of the time thought about Seabiscuit, and how the man in the street talked about him as if he were a well-loved personality, whose every win is celebrated, and every loss commiserated. You can really see just how important this fiesty little racehorse was to the country.
This is the original story of Seabiscuit written by a track writer who knew the main characters personally, Charles Howard, Red Pollard, and especially Tom Smith. Beckwith's book is the source for many of the quotes made famous in Hillenbrand's best seller and in the movie, such as Tom Smith saying to Seabiscuit, "I'll see you again." It is great to read these quotes in context. I also enjoyed the terrific line drawings by Howard Brodie--the one of Seabiscuit sleeping on his side is priceless!
Beckwith's book was an important source of information for the story of Seabiscuit and it is so great to be able to go back in time and enjoy this moving story with all the excitement and energy of the moment it happened. Five Stars. I highly recommend it without reservation.
Step back in time and stand with the crowds to watch the Biscuit fly down the track. Beckwith takes you there again as he did when he wrote this book more than 60 years ago. The writing style, the photos, and the fabulous drawings all help immerse the reader in the late 1930's time period. I particularly enjoyed seeing the real Seabiscuit and hearing what the owner, trainer, and jockey had to say at the time.
If you enjoyed the movie and/or Laura Hillenbrand's book, you will treasure this wonderful piece of tangible history. I recommend this edition highly. Don't miss your opportunity to own this gem!
As a child I often dreamt about having a horse, hoping I might even be fortunate enough to have one like Seabiscuit. I ended up with four, all of whom indelibly changed my life. I took care of them as if my life depended upon them; even sleeping with them in their stalls when I could get away with it. Bingo, Scamper, Scully and Crackerjack have permanent places in my heart. With them is a picture of Seabiscuit from Mr. Beckwith's book. They always gave their very best and showed me mine. Anyone who reads Seabiscuit's story will come to understand that the innate ability to recover and succeed resides in every person and all life. Opportunity to find and use that power of heart and energy is always available.
I am infinitely grateful to Mr. Beckwith for recognizing and writing Seabiscuit's story and especially to my father for making a vital, life changing dream come true.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read on a period in American history in which a horse like no other of his generation who like the rest of the country went through terrible hardship and came through... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Garry Carroll
It's like being there and living the moment again.
Seabiscuit's history and spirit will never die.
I'd buy it again.
My niece is a horse lover. As an 8 year old she was completely engrossed in the story of Black Beauty, so I decided to enlighten her on the great horse stories in our history. Read morePublished on August 12, 2012 by Woozie Suzie
Great book for an overview of Seabiscuit's life and accomplishments. There is a decent amount of photos. I enjoyed the book.Published on September 13, 2009 by K. Albin
The photos and sketches are wonderful as is the timeliness (1940) of the writing. It's good to go back to the time and era when Seabiscut was alive and breathing.Published on October 24, 2008 by Reuel A. Smith