I read this book a few years ago and it stays in my mind as having given many insights about American culture. It was my book club's choice, not a book I would have chosen myself, as I had little interest in horse-racing. However, this book became compelling for several reasons - the historical view of the Great Depression and years that followed which comes from it's many fascinating and new (to me) details; the thoroughness in portraying the lives of the horses, the jockeys, and others who were a part of the story; and the full-bodied immersion into the ambiance of the times. I find myself applying it's insights from the Great Depression years to our own era of extraordinarily big gaps between the very wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country. I became very involved with this suspenseful book, read it so quickly - as if "racing" - and have been a faster reader ever since!