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“Engrossing . . . Fast-moving . . . More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating. . . . [Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.”—Sports Illustrated
“REMARKABLE . . . MEMORABLE . . . JUST AS COMPELLING TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1938.”—The Washington Post
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- ASIN : B00495XOWS
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (July 1, 2003)
- Publication date : July 1, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 10107 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #130,090 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book tells the story of the horse and the exceptional team of owner, trainer and jockeys that combined to create that phenomenon. At the same time the details behind and within the 2 minutes of a horse race. The book is totally fascinating and I read it once every few years for both the content and excellent story telling of Hillenbrand. Another favorite by her is "Unbroken" about an exceptional track star in the 1940's.
Oh well. Anyone interested in depression era horse racing or simply interested in a good story won't be disappointed in "Seabisquit". This lady can write. Both the book and the movie are worth the hype.
While written in the same manner as Unbroken....this book just drew me in!
I absolutely loved learning about the ins and outs of horse racing
The story of Seabiscuit and Red Pollard is nothing short of awe inspiring.
It's a fabulous read.....don't let the historical aspect turn you off from it.
Loved it. A book to read again
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A marvellously detailed and engrossing book, Hillenbrand does a fine job of contextualising this remarkable story within its time frame; it is not just a study of the lives of three men and a racehorse – it describes the racing industry of the day and it`s place in 1930s America, a whole detailed, panoramic background against which the drama (human and equine) is played out.
If anyone had said I would be enthralled by a book about horse-racing I would have laughed, but this is a gripping and utterly mesmeric tale that is both uplifting and hugely informative.
A fine work of historical and biographical research and an exemplary piece of writing that entirely engages the reader in it spell – a hugely recommendable book.
Smith was 56 when Howard met him and had spent his life around horses, cattle ranching, taming mustangs for the British cavalry, circus shows, small time racing but by 1934 he was out of money and he lived in the same stall as his only horse.
Charles Howard decided that the uncommunicative Smith was the right person for his project, and Smith travelled round the tracks for him looking at hundreds of cheap horses until he found the well bred loser "Seabiscuit".
He saw something there, and together with jockey Red Pollard they went on to win everything in American racing.
Laura Hillenbrand obviously loves horses and has written a great story about the almost magical rise of "Seabiscuit".
I had heard good reports about this book, and my goodness the same were bang on.
I am really not a horse racing fan, but like many I suspect, I saw the excellent film, and was intrigued to learn more. And this is exactly what this book provides - real meat on the bones so to speak.
I really cannot recommend this book too highly.