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Secretariat
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2010
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This is a treasure of a book about Big Red. It is full of wonderful pictures, some showing off his exquisite conformation even at a very early age. The text is well written and helps to convey the endearing personality of this beautiful champion. If you are familiar only with his accomplishments on the track you only know half the story. His personality was the other half of the story. Secretariat was a real extrovert who was very attuned to people. This book is written in a way that gives you a sense of his personality and that is what I really appreciate about it--that and the beautiful pictures, of course. This book is written with warmth and respect and I find it a more enjoyable read than Nack's book on Secretariat which is primarily facts and racing stats.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
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I have several of the big books on Secretariat, but still this book has a large number of photos which I had not seen. Many were candids of Secretariat himself and those people who had the opportunity to be around him. It added more color and depth to the personalities of Secretariat himself even though he is well known, his rival Sham, and the people on his journey from a foal to legendary. It reminds you that it's easy to see things clearly when you're looking back on any sports hero's exploits, but the trip was hard work and tough choices while the history is being written. So its worth it if you are a fan or just curious. Frankly it's worth it just as a coffee table book for the photos alone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
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Why does Secretariat bring tears to our eyes ? A little less than perfection can make us smile, but this horse ("horse" is such an understatement)is so emotionally overwhelming, some of us cry. Although I haven't read the other books listed here, "Secretariat" by Raymond G. Woolfe may be the definitive book about this unique champion. There are details that put the reader at the scene and in the action. In the back of the book are special features: Secretariat's lineage (his bloodlines), his winning get (progeny), and biographical sketches of what happened to the significant persons in his life. (This feature of the book is especially interesting if you've seen the movie.)There is a copious supply of pictures, both black and white and color. If you buy this book, allow an hour just to look through it, then read it to relive vicariously the days of horseracing glory. I have the original newspaper page about his winning the Belmont,which I had considered selling. I think not; it's a physical means of contact over the years with a magnificent creature. This is a fulfilling book for anyone who loves horses, especially this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2010
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This book is full of pictures which is what I was looking for even more than informative text, though it has that as well. It's a good overall recollection of a horse and the events that occurred when I was just twelve, but has touched my life forever.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2010
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Because of a lifetime interest of all things Horse, i enjoy reading about them, their owners, handlers,etc.
i was able to see the great horse SECRETARIAT run his races,winning and the two he lost. so much has been said about that incredible horse, that i really cannot add more words, except WOW!!!!! HE was quite the BOY.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2010
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This book was everything I thought it'd be. Many pictures I'd never seen and lots of facts I never knew about this magical horse. I loved the fact that it contained information about what happened to many of the people and animals who were intimately involved with Secretariat. There were a couple of things that I'd read years ago when Secretariat died that were different in this book, however, and I'd like to know which are factual. I've visited Claiborne Farm and laid a dozen red roses on Secretariat's resting place, and would incourage anyone to visit there someday.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2013
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I have wanted this book for ages and finally received it for my birthday this year. This is a wonderful representation of the life of the great Secretariat, one of the greatest racehorses to ever live. The pages are beautifuly illustrated with color as well as black and white photos, and there is just enough information here to not make the book too wordy. It is, after all, a coffee table book and not a true in depth biography. My favorite part of the book was at the back where the author gives an extensive timeline of Secretariat's life while he was in training. Overall, a very enjoyable read--I actually read it in one sitting!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2013
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Ithis a really good book about a really amazing horse! Pictures are beautiful. It must have been so exciting to have seen him race. If you want to read a good book that goes into quite a bit of.depth about a great horse....I highly recommend this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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After all the years since 1973, this book brought back the thrill of watching Secretariat win the Kentucky Derby, then the Preakness Stakes, and finally the Belmont. It's very well-written by an author who certainly knows the racing world. Full of fascinating info about what goes on behind the scenes at the race track what life is like day to day for race horses. I'll re-read this many times, as there will always be a tidbit I missed during the previous reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
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I have always loved Secretariat and wanted to see more pictures of him racing (especially in color!!!). The book tells the story well (there are a few small inconsistencies between it and others books I have read about him) - there were many pictures I had not seen before, too. I felt that the pictures should have been larger, however, and that more of them, if possible, should be in color. I still like it, just not as spectacular as I thought it might be.
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