Hillenbrand's number-one "New York Times" bestseller about the most famous race horse in history is also the basis for the film of the same name from Universal Pictures, starring Jeff Bridges and Tobey McGuire, released on July 25, 2003.Hillenbrand's number-one "New York Times" bestseller about the most famous race horse in history is also the basis for the film of the same name from Universal Pictures, starring Jeff Bridges and Tobey McGuire, released on July 25, 2003.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Great book that is factual but told in a story book fashion. Highly recommended.
Aug 18, 2011
top notch horse biography
this is a great biography of an unusual champion race horse, his owner, his trainer and his jockey. It reads like fiction, that's how interesting all their lives are, and how in suspense you are throughout the book, until the glorious end.
Dec 11, 2010
The times call greatness according to their needs. Laura Hillenbrand went into the corners of The Great Depression when families come a cropping lost everything and found a hero to match and inform their lives. His safety net for those years, becomes a call to our time with lessons of promise, when we take note. Seabiscuit came from excellent breeding which only showed up in his heart. He should have looked magnificent; he only WAS magnificent. And it took patience, skill, understanding and trust first to notice, then to draw it forth. Three men first found each other before it was possible to find in 'this little horse' the grinding fortitude that brought him greatness, not once, but over and over, finally confronting every test facing him and soundly defeating the odds. These days another massive story of the horse for our times has brought the life of Zinyatta to be compared with Seabiscuit's. Both rugged characters, desperate for one grand chance for glory -- and both lucky enough to be noticed. Character in a horse draws to it the hearts of people desperate to find their own best qualities. It takes a storyteller of discernment lucidly investing everything to bring us such tales. Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit fulfills every demand on history: that it teach for the present and the future from a discovered past not so different than ours, because so human.
Jul 1, 2010
Possibly the best biography ever
I bought this copy of Seabiscuit" to give to a friend, the third time I have done so. So many people say, "Oh, I've seen the movie," as if they have experienced the story. But reading "Seabiscuit" is, for those who appreciate good writing and especially good biography, a truly enriching experience. It is the story of three extraordinary individuals, one of whom happens to be a horse, and of the power of talent, determination, good fortune and destiny to shape the lives of each. The first time I read this book I was on a city bus, 50 pages into it, when I started to cry from the sheer beauty of the writing and the emotions it was evoking. If you buy it, I promise you you will start pressing friends to read it, too.
Oct 20, 2008
Read, Visualize & Enjoy
Awesome book. This book depicts the relationship of a broken down horse and a has been jockey; both fighting to prove that they belong in the world of thoroughbred racing. Together they become a symbol of hope during the great depression and a winning combination. Sit back and enjoy this book for it will take you on a ride.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-01 HGifted sportswriter Hillenbrand unearths the rarefied world of thoroughbred horse racing in this captivating account of one of the sport's legends. Though no longer a household name, Seabiscuit enjoyed great celebrity during the 1930s and 1940s, drawing record crowds to his races around the country. Not an overtly impressive physical specimenD"His stubby legs were a study in unsound construction, with huge, squarish, asymmetrical `baseball glove' knees that didn't quite straighten all the way"Dthe horse seemed to transcend his physicality as he won race after race. Hillenbrand, a contributor to Equus magazine, profiles the major players in Seabiscuit's fantastic and improbable career. In simple, elegant prose, she recounts how Charles Howard, a pioneer in automobile sales and Seabiscuit's eventual owner, became involved with horse racing, starting as a hobbyist and growing into a fanatic. She introduces esoteric recluse Tom Smith (Seabiscuit's trainer) and jockey Red Pollard, a down-on-his-luck rider whose specialty was taming unruly horses. In 1936, Howard united Smith, Pollard and "The Biscuit," whose performance had been spottyDand the horse's star career began. Smith, who recognized Seabiscuit's potential, felt an immediate rapport with him and eased him into shape. Once Seabiscuit started breaking records and outrunning lead horses, reporters thronged the Howard barn day and night. Smith's secret workouts became legendary and only heightened Seabiscuit's mystique. Hillenbrand deftly blends the story with explanations of the sport and its culture, including vivid descriptions of the Tijuana horse-racing scene in all its debauchery. She roots her narrative of the horse's breathtaking career and the wild devotion of his fans in its socioeconomic context: Seabiscuit embodied the underdog myth for a nation recovering from dire economic straits. (Mar.) Forecast: Despite the shrinking horse racing audienceDand the publishing adage that books on horse racing don't sellDthis book has the potential to do well, even outside the realm of the racing community, due to a large first printing and forthcoming Universal Studios movie. A stylish cover will attract both baby boomers and young readers, tapping into the sexiness and allure of the "Sport of Kings." Hillenbrand's glamorous photo on the book jacket won't hurt her chances, and Seabiscuit should sell at a galloping pace. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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