9780449005613

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

ISBN 10: 0449005615 / 0-449-00561-5
ISBN 13: 9780449005613
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Softcover
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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]n absorbing book that stands as the model of sportswriting at its best."

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

Review:
"Laura Hillenbrand definitely gets it. SEABISCUIT is straight-up sportswriting, which in itself makes plenty of allowances for highly colored language and drama that's sometimes, necessarily, a little rigged. That's part of the game, too: If you want to meet the champion, you have to get through his retinue."

Sally Eckhoff, Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.), 03/11/2001

 

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Book Description: Ballantine. 1 Paperback(s), 2001. soft. Book Condition: New. (Named one of the best books of 2001 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, and BookSense; finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize) The inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, Seabiscuit is Thoroughbred racing writer Laura Hillenbrand's dramatic true tale of a come-from-behind triumph. Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion. He was a rough-hewn, undersized horse with a sad little tail and knees that wouldn't straighten out. He fought his trainers and floundered at the lowest level of racing, misunderstood and mishandled, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. One was Charles Howard, a cavalry veteran who made his fortune overnight by bringing automobiles to the American West. Another was Tom Smith, "The Lone Plainsman," a taciturn mustang breaker who had come from the vanishing frontier, bearing generations of wisdom about the secrets of horses. 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. This unlikely team found that beneath "Biscuit's" hostility and fear was a gentlemanly horse with keen intelligence, frightening speed, and a ferocious competitive will. Competing in the cruelest years of the Depression, the rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American hero, drawing an immense and fanatical following, inspiring an avalanche of merchandising, and establishing himself as the single biggest newsmaker of 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or any other public figure for that matter. "Captivating. It is a flawless trip, with the detail of good history, the blistering pace of Biscuit himself and the charm of grand legend."—NYTBR 421. Bookseller Inventory # 42328

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