9780345465085

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

ISBN 10: 0345465083 / 0-345-46508-3
ISBN 13: 9780345465085
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes:

Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.


From the Hardcover edition.


Review:

"[A] captivating story....[I]t is a flawless trip, with the detail of good history, the blistering pace of Biscuit himself and the charm of grand legend."

Jim Squires, New York Times Book Review, 03/11/2001

Review:

"Ms. Hillenbrand gives us a visceral appreciation of that sport as refracted through the tumultuous lives of Seabiscuit and his human companions,...[A] first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but with a fascinating slice of American history as well."

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 03/06/2001

 

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