Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about history and Thoroughbred racing since 1988. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, USA Today, Reader's Digest and many other publications. Her New Yorker article, "A Sudden Illness," won the 2003 National Magazine Award. Her first book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, ranked #1 on the New York Times' best seller lists for a total of 42 weeks, and won the Booksense Nonfiction Book of the Year award as well as the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in Great Britain. The book was runner-up for the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times book prize, and the Borders Original Voices prize. Ms. Hillenbrand is also a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award, the highest journalistic honor in Thoroughbred racing. An alumna of Kenyon College, Laura lives in Washington, DC, where she is working on her second book, a biography of Olympic athlete and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.


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