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Comments by david dioli on Monday, December 31, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
Laura, We were 6 or 7 when our grandmother bought us a battery-operated horseracing game for Christmas. The game had 6 lanes and 8 horses. When operated, the horses would break from the gate, gallop down the stretch and cross the wire. Before each race my older brother would set the odds, name the track (Aqueduct, Saratoga, Churchill Downs, etc.) and take all the the form of monopoly money. He would also give the horses names. Names like Man O'War, Thunderbolt, Secretariat, Citation, Seattle Slew, and of course Seabiscuit. We took that game everywhere: to school, to grandma's, and to friends' houses. We played with it until it broke. Your book is wonderful. While reading it, I couldn't help but think back to a time when Seabiscuit was a longshot, pitted against the greatest racehorses of all time. I would confidently place my money on Seabiscuit to win, watch him start slow, find his rhythm and then sprint past Seattle Slew and Secretariat for the victory. Laura, if you're ever in New York and have an interest in visiting the floor of the New York Stock Exchange please let me know. I would gladly coordinate a tour. It's the least I can do for someone who brought back so many childhood memories. Sincerely, David
burlingame, ca USA

Comments by Richard & Carrie Kanehl on Monday, December 31, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
My wife and I just returned from a visit with my daughter and her family in Raleigh NC. When Carrie told me that she had a book on tape about a famous race horse called SeaBiscuit, I thought it would be a long Long ride having to listen to a story about a horse. Well, I have never, never, never been more mistaken. The story is spell binding,exciting, heart warming, uplifting and sad, all together. If the movie is 10% as good as the book, It will become another American Legend !! I sincerely want to thank you for bringing the hidden treasure of America back to life. Sincerely , Richard & Carrie Kanehl
Columbus, in USA

Comments by Bruce Altman on Monday, December 31, 2001 at 02:30 IP Logged
Laura, I hated to finish it too. What a slew of afficianados you have, all of educated by a first-rate writer! I wrote some time back, leaving the impression that I'm looking forward to the movie. Is it okay to be enthusiastic about that? Last time is was national treasure Gene Hackman as Tom Smith in a movie about national treasure Seabuscuit. And so on. This time I've been thinking about the music. Consider this idea (from some angle or another): a great Italian composer enjoyed comic opera in his youth. As a composer, among the works he created was a song that was to become so beloved and so often-used in America in this century that it eventually became a trite cliche, which must be somehow undone if one were to use it in a straightforward way in one's movie. There is an artist named Chris LeDoux who is doing something different with the William Tell Overture. At this point I don't have the complete piece, but I expect to in a week or two. It's the kind of piece that a "Seabiscuit" musical director might use for inspiration, or maybe adopt in full for the climactic final race. LeDoux has an extended guitar "masterpiece" of the old Lone Ranger theme. I think it works.
Cape May, NJ USA

Comments by Jon Nygaard on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
Laura, you tell a great story; I enjoyed Seabiscuit immensely. But I am writing to ask about the Isaac Barchas who introduced you to your agent. Did he go to Stanford? If so, my wife was his kindergarten teacher. What is he up to now?
Cupertino, CA USA

Comments by Keith Hartner on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 09:18 IP Logged
So who was the greatest racehorse, Seabiscuit or Secretariat? Got the book for Christmas. Had it read two days later. Great book.
Springfield, Mo USA

Comments by Michael Rome on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 08:35 IP Logged
Laura, my stepson gave this to me over the holidays. I had not heard anything about it. I was totally delighted in your ability to tell a great story.
Cambridge, MA USA

Comments by Robert Deming on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 07:53 IP Logged
I got a call from the library a couple of weeks ago telling me a book I had requested was available. The book was "Seabiscuit" but I didn't remember asking for it. I read it anyway. As I read the paragraph in the last chapter that begins with "Twelve straining Thoroughbreds" I found myself transported to that moment, on the back of Seabiscuit, all the rest of the world gone except for me and the horse, in slow motion. It was extraordinary. Cinematographers do that sometimes, but I've never had that happen while reading a book.
Fredericksburg, TX USA

Comments by Judy Koyiol on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 02:53 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you so much for your truly fascinating book! I almost hated to finish it... and can't wait for the movie. Hope there's more stories for you to tell. Gratefully yours, Judy Koyiol
Tucson, Az USA

Comments by brian clark on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 02:30 IP Logged
Loved the book - interested in u and those sultry eyes...
sausalito, ca USA

Comments by skip heller on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 00:42 IP Logged
I bought this book to read on a flight to, of all places, Louisville. It was absolutely fantastic and let me into a world of which I had little idea. It certainly earned every accolade. Please write more. And more.

Comments by kristi mcvey on Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you for your literary masterpiece, "Seabiscuit, An American Legend." As an avid horsewoman who has spent a lifetime involved with and in awe of these magnificent creatures, I was completely captivated by your book. Seabiscuit was a requested birthday present after having read the many glowing reviews about it. From the first page, your book drew me into the colorful and often tragic lives of Team Seabiscuit. It was like being in the paddock, watching the races from the finish line and hearing the private conversations between everyone who was there. For 10 days, I breathed, ate, slept, laughed and cried the life of Seabicuit. When the story's end came and all the characters' lives wound down, I wept. You made this moment in history so real. No book has ever moved me the way this one has. I felt compelled to write because you told the Seabicuit story with such eloquence, poetry and attention to detail. Many sections I read again and again. I can hardly wait for the movie and your next book. Thank you again for enriching my life with the incredible tribute to this American hero and all who experienced first-hand the potential in this once over-looked, but forever incomparable horse. Sincerely yours, Kristi McVey
golden, co USA

Comments by GARY MEDEIROS on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 09:19 IP Logged
Laura,, Congrats on winning the Eclipse award yesterday. You derserve it for what you have done for Thoroughbred Horse Racing this year. I am very proud of you and I know you will be a great representive for the sport in the upcoming years. All your work has been great and I look forward to the movie,, Best in the coming year, Gary

Comments by Willard G. Landrum on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
A tremendous book! I'm curious to know if Seabisquit ever ran on Lasix?
Dry Prong,, LA USA

Comments by Beth Womack on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:56 IP Logged
Thank you for one of the most wonderful stories I have ever read. I can't wait to see the movie. I bought this book for 5 of my friends for Christmas, and each one said "What is this?" then I heard from them a few days later, and they said it was the best book they have read in a long long time. Thanks for the enjoyable hours I spent in- between the covers of your book.
Glendlae, AZ USA

Comments by Bruce Woodruff on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:51 IP Logged
Laura, My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version read by Richard Davidson. bw
Londonderry, nh USA

Comments by Annemarie Kelley on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:30 IP Logged
I just received Seabisquit for Christmas as well, I am very excited to read it, I have heard nothing but good things about it....I show Quarter Horses, and am always interested in a true story about special horses. As I myself have a story to tell about my own special horse who was badly hurt at a training barn. So I can really relate to this story, of course my horse did not become famous, but he has earned a ton of Quarter Horse points which no one ever thought would happen due to his injuries and scars. Thanks for appreciating horses the way you do! They are special!!!
Hadley, MA USA

Comments by Jenny Miller on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Seabiscuit was fabulous!! A friend loaned me her book and then I requested (and received) my own copy for Christmas. I gave it a big hug after I opened it. What can I say? The way it is written is so thrilling. I felt as if I was there. I also enjoyed the story behind the lives of the jockies. My goodness, what a life to have lived (and loved). We own 5 of our own horses, quarters and apps, and, yes, a thoroughbred! She is beautiful -- there is truly something about a thoroughbred! Laura, thank you for bringing this story to life for me. I can't wait for the movie!
Stevens Point, WI USA

Comments by Michael Decker on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 04:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I've just completed your compelling book about the life of Seabiscuit. For me, like so many Americans, 2001 was a year of profound loss and struggle, both from a personal and universal perspective. Although written before anyone could know just how trying the last year would be, your book is certainly a timely and much-needed story of hope. It is a beautiful metaphor of redemption and recovery. It has been a ray of enlightenment for me, as it must be for all your readers. Thank you for taking the time, and having the faith, to explore this forgotten story and bring it back to Americans at a time when its message of restoration is so meaningful! The best to you in the coming year! Sincerely, Michael Decker
oklahoma city, ok USA

Comments by Michael Gennis on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 03:20 IP Logged
Laura- We raise quarter horses and you have intoduced us to a whole new and fascinating world. Thank you for the best non-fiction book we have ever read. Best regards from the Lima Sierra Ranch.
Placerville, CA USA

Comments by Jackson Mahaney on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
I'm about half-way through the book, and have found it absolutely fascinating. I know little about horses, but growing up (in the 70s and 80s) had always heard the name "Seabiscuit" but never knew the heroics involved. Thank you for bringing this inspiring story to a new generation. And thank you for writing it with such eloquent, engrossing prose.
Lebanon, IN USA

Comments by Cecile Rudis on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Laura....Your "book" came so highly recommended, that I couldn't wait to begin reading it! We are looking forward to "the movie" and would appreciate any info re when it may come to pass. "Seabiscuit" is a perfect example of the saying...."Never judge a book by its cover"!!
Scottsdale, az USA

Comments by E. Prescott Engle on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:15 IP Logged
Dear Laura-I am a 3rd generation horse owner and trainer. My mothers family trained horses in Maryland in the 30's, 40's and 50's, (H.C. & Edith Prescott Allnutt), and my Father and Uncle still own and train horses in West Virginia @ Charles Town, (Willowdale Farms, S. Engle) My Grandfather and Greatgrandfather on my Mothers side saw the epic match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I received the book as a Christmas present, and finished it on that night. The book held me spellbound until the very end, and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Not only was your knowledge of thoroughbred racing very impressive, but your writing style is excellent. The book was very well written, so much so that, when I was reading your description of the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, I found myself sitting up in my chair, and slapping my thigh while reading the gripping replay of the race. Kudos to you Laura, and congratulations on a job well done.
Leesburg, Va USA

Comments by Jerry Freeland on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
Dear Keith Nichols Thanks for the message about your VCR tape with Seabiscuit footage. I would like to buy a copy, but you did not leave your email address or a phone #. I'd prefer at least a phone # so that I can call you. Sincerely Jerry Freeland 858-452-7226 and
La Jolla, CA USA

Comments by Simone Farber on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 00:15 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, thank you for a thrilling and informative book. You convey the drama and heartbreak of the sport with breathtaking clarity. I confess, my main horseracing knowledge came from dim memories as a child of seeing Secretariat on tv, and a healthy diet of Dick Francis novels. Your book was a wonderful insight into the real, often cruel and dangerous world of horseracing. Good luck with the movie and your future projects.
Los Angeles, CA USA

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