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Comments by Susan Peterson on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 05:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your book is our book club's selection this month. Not a fan of horses or racing, I otherwise wouldn't have read it. I found it entertaining & a real page turner, and the Western history was of particular interest. I'm looking forward to the PBS documentary.
Fort Collins, CO USA

Comments by Joe Czachowski on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 04:47 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I don't go to the racetrack often though there are two nice ones in NJ, Monmouth being historical as well. When I do go, I don't win a lot of money, but I enjoy just watching those magnificent animals work. As a historian myself, I understand the contribution horses made in so many facets of American life. After reading Seabiscuit, which I purchased in the Georgetown B&N for fifty percent off (I couldn't turn that down)I was fascinated by the book. I didn't think reading about a particular horse race could be as exciting as seeing one in person, but you made it so. It is one of the most extraordinary biographies I've ever read. It tells the story of not just Seabiscuit, but also of a period in our history, and that is an added bonus. I am looking forward to the PBS offering and the movie. Thank you for writing the book. J. Czachowski
Union, NJ USA

Comments by John Finnigan on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
I have been recommended to read the story of Seabiscuit.I think the entries in your guest book are proof indeed that this is essential reading. As a lover of the turf and horseracing,living within a stones throw of Aintree racecourse, the home of the Grand National and another great racehorse Red Rum,winner of 3 Nationals and second twice,I love to read about anything which raises the spirit and I am looking forward to reading the story of this great racehorse.
liverpool, UK

Comments by Al Baroni on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 01:23 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Thank you so much for writing about the Biscuit...and for so accurately pinpointing the lives of those around the racing world; it is indeed a small family. I particularly enjoyed your story of Bert Baroni's bet in the Gold Cup; alas, poor Specify. My father actually had looked at Seabiscuit as a 2 year old,offered at a very cheap price, but chose to pass on him because of his leg structure...He bought Top Row instead, which won the '36 Santa Anita Handicap...another cheaply priced colt with no great bloodline. He did regret his decision to pass on the Biscuit, and that may have resulted in such a heavy bet in the Gold Cup. My father was a good study of the overlooked colt , and trained his own horses until late in his career. Thanks again for your excellent work.
Santa Barbara, Ca USA

Comments by Dana L. Strauss on Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 02:17 IP Logged
I have been a lover of horses all my life but never had much of an interest in horseracing. After reading "Seabiscuit", I fell in love again, this time not only the horse, but all the people surrounding him. Thank you for your wonderful research which brought this story to touch my heart.
Novato, Ca USA

Comments by Jeannette Giangrande on Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was driving to Michigan to meet my husband and had a Public Radio station on. It was the interview you did about the book. I have always loved horse racing (and horses) and the story just grabbed my attention. I was hoping the station would stay clear til you were done. And it did. My husband just wrote a book and he just loved you web site. It really grabs you eye. I loved Man'O War, Kelso, Candy Spots, and all the other race horses of my youth. I can't wait to get the book and read it. I'm sure it will make me cry and smile for the underdog. Thank you for bringing the story back for a new generation to read. Horses were the super heros of that era!!! I have 2 horses of my own and ride dressage. At 53 years old I am loving my life with my horses more and more each day. Please take care of yourself and God Bless.
Woodburn, in USA

Comments by Barbara Galletta on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 09:55 IP Logged
Laura, Just read the article on you in the Journal Nov.2001 issue. I have also suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and for years could not find anyone to believe me. Just wanted you to know you are not alone. The book sounds very interesting - I will be reading it soon. Feel well.
FFL USA

Comments by Pete Keane on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 06:29 IP Logged
Laura, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. The language and pace of the book was as fine as I've encountered in a work of non-fiction. You have an exceptional gift. I heard of the book through my father and your father, Bernie. My dad, Mark Keane, and your dad are long-time friends. In fact, I think there are few greater pleasures for your dad or mine than to sit down over the phone or in person and argue with great fervor and animation over a incredible breadth of subjects. Having met your dad on several occassions (the most recent was the groundbreaking ceremony for the WWII monument in DC), I had heard him "brag" about his gifted daughter. Assuming that your dad, like mine, grossly exagerated the talents of his offspring, I took his enthusiastic (picture arms and hands gesturing rather madly)comments about you and your book with a grain of salt. However, after my dad, a rather discerning reader, recommended the book to me, I was off to pick it up. I read it some months ago, and I'm very belatedly congratulating you on a tremendous accomplishment. Few of us create something so substantial and lasting in our lives. Your dad has every reason to be proud and so do you, Laura. By the way, like you, I grew up in DC. I now live in Charlotte, NC with my family. I still get up to DC to visit two brothers that live in the area. I wish you good health (your father has told me of your health struggles and I pray that you'll see better days ahead) and good writing. Pete Keane
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by DRYAN on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 05:28 IP Logged
DEAR LAURA: HAD THE PLEASURE TO READ YOUR BOOK ON A LONG TRAIN RIDE FROM CHICAGO TO NEW YORK. IT IS A PLEASURE TO FIND SUCH A BOOK THAT EXTOLS THE ENDURING PLEASURES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING WITHIN A WELL CRAFTED AND WRITTEN RESEARCH DOCUMENT. I ONLY WISH THAT MORE PEOPLE OF YOUR AGE AND YOUNGER WOULD DISCOVER THE JOY OF THE RACE TRACK, A MICROCOSM OF LIFE AND A CELEBRATION OF MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS. SEABISCUIT LIVES IN HORSES LIKE TIZNOW. WE ALL SHOULD LOOK BEYOND THE WEAKNESSES OF THE SPORT AND ENJOY ITS ENDURING PLEASURES. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR WORK.
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ USA

Comments by Michael Rosenberg on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 06:38 IP Logged
Seabiscuit was one of the greatest books I've ever read. Eventhough it was non-fiction and the results were well known, I couldn't put the book down. I am collector of signed books. Is there any way to get a signed copy? Are you doing any book signings in the New York City area? I will gladly forward my copy along with a stamped return envelope. Many, many thanks.
Forest Hills, NY USA

Comments by kayser on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 05:42 IP Logged
read your book; enjoyed it immensely. my neighbor heard the interview on NPR. here's something i heard recently: women were having very good success in fighting CFS by avoiding foods with aspertain and MSG. regards.
san antonio, tx USA

Comments by Sharon Louise on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 02:25 IP Logged
Thank you so much for writing this fabulous book. Heard the interview on PR and was hooked. I found myself shouting aloud w/ excitement as I read your book. I have always loved horses and have listened to and read about horseracing most of my life. Maybe it has something to to w/ my horse-playing father who passed on when I was 10 yrs old. Reading your book made me so wish he were here today so we could talk about those days he must have enjoyed so much. Thank you again! Look forward to the movie. Have you written any other books?
Rolling Meadows, IL USA

Comments by Heidi Quinn on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 02:02 IP Logged
Laura-As a life-long rider rider with more than a decade's worth of Equus on my shelves (at 34), I'm ashamed to admit that to me, Seabiscuit was just a racehorse in an ancient boardgame I played as a child. An avid reader, I was intrigued by the fact you chose to write about him and spellbound by the talent you have for placing the reader right there. You have done Seabiscuit, Smith, Red and the Howards a great service by showing us all how they could come together and pull of something of this magnatude. It's almost unbelievable. You are to be congratulated on a beautiful piece of work. Tell the grammar police to relax; 'who' instead of 'whom'? I was really interested in getting to who won the next race and if it would rain!!
Carolina, RI USA

Comments by Jeff Moznett on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 06:52 IP Logged
Laura, I just bought the book for my Dad for Christmas... He grew up helping my great uncle, who was an owner/trainer of Sweepida (winner of the Santa Anita Derby in 1940!) I'd love to talk to you about the upcoming film... HAPPY HOLIDAYS! = ) Hope your well, Jeff
studio city, ca USA

Comments by Helen Josey on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 05:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura:I grew up reading CW Anderson's books about throughbreds.You don't have to be a horselover to love your book as you made the human characters such an integral part of the story.I devoured every book I could find on horses as a kid, and this brought back my childhood in a sense.You are now on the list of my heroes. My niece has cfs and I told her she would be inspired by the book. I can see Dustin Hoffman playing Red Pollard to a T. I can hardly wait to see the film and look forward to the documentary on pbs.
White City , Or USA

Comments by Paul Evans on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 03:45 IP Logged
I absolutely loved this book. I grew up in horse country, but only had a passing interest in racing. "Seabiscuit" not only has given me a new appreciation of the sport, but also has made me angry that his story was not as well known today as it should have been. Your book has certainly changed that. "Seabiscuit" is thrilling from beginning to end. I only hope the film lives up to it.
Lexington, KY USA

Comments by Mary Clare on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 03:38 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am new to the subject of horses and horse racing, and was curious to read your book after visiting the Kentucky Horse Park this summer. The park has huge exhibits trumpeting the exploits of Man O'War and his son, War Admiral. I wondered, "Why didn't they mention Seabiscuit? I thought he was a great horse of that era." Now that I've read your wonderful book, I understand why they left "the Biscuit" out. Nobody likes to celebrate their conqueror! Many thanks for a touching, exciting, and wonderful read.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Jeanne King on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 06:53 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I don't know if you remember my emailing you before. I am the high school teacher in Willits who wanted to read Seabiscuit with her 12th grade English students. We are now about halfway finished and my students are loving your book. My students are not great readers, so I read most of it aloud to them. As the story goes along they are more and more involved with Seabiscuit. I know Seabiscuit will live on in my students, as a book they truly enjoyed and as a horse they have come to love. It has also given them a sense of the local history. I'll have them write in your guestbook in the near future.
Willits, CA USA

Comments by Gary Dreibelbis on Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 02:11 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand--This is an amazing piece of sportwriting. I know you probably have the track announcer cast in the film version of "Seabiscuit", but if you need a Clem McCarthy, let me know. I can hear how it should be done and what great moments that must have been. God! I'd love to do this. In any event, I can't wait for the film. Best to you and thanks for such a wonderful book! Gary D.
San Anselmo, CA USA

Comments by Herb Ring on Monday, December 03, 2001 at 07:00 IP Logged
Thank you for writing a great captivating book. As a 10 year old, I used to sneak in the track at Suffolk Downs (at the time a person had to be 21 to attend) and have been a fan since then. I especially enjoyed to way you described the way the horse and jockey responded to each other; both knowing the nuances of one another. As a fan in the grandstand (a $2.00 bettor) I never realized all the strategy and communication that went on during the running of the race. I still go to the races but now have a clearer understanding of what might be going on. I wonder if you, or anyone, might know haow I can obtain a video of the race with War Admiral and some of the other great races run by the "Biscuit". Also, I hope you write more books on the Racing scene, as you tell a beautiful story. Thank you again, and congratulations on your success. Herb Ring
Newort Beach, CA USA

Comments by Herb Ring on Monday, December 03, 2001 at 06:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand. Thank you for a thrilling story of the "greatest horse." As a 10 year old I used to sneak into Suffolk Downs to watch the races. ( At that time no one under 21 could attend the race track). Since then,I'm seventy three, I have been a fan of racing..altho only a $2.00 bettor. How well you descibe the amount of interest he created on all us fans.I especially liked the way you described the relationship between jockey and horse and how they became able to read and respond to each other. Watching from the grandstand none of the interplay is evident,so thank you for bringing this out. I wonder if you, or anyone, can advise me where I can obtain a copy of the match-up with War Admiral; and some of the other great races of "the Biscuit" I hope you write another book on Racing as you have a great feel for the sport, its people, and its horses. Herb Ring hasring@home.com
Newport Beach, CA USA

Comments by Howard Dreizen on Monday, December 03, 2001 at 02:48 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand: Thanks for writing a terrific book. A comment and a question. First, it would be nice if you could reprint the past performances of Seabiscuit at the end of your book. It would be incredible to look at the 35 races he ran as a two year old. Finally, did mentioned that George Woolf had some weight problems due to his disease. Did he have any problem making the 120 pound weight limit when he rode Seabiscuit in the match race against War Admiral?
Owings Mills, MD USA

Comments by Susan Ferraro on Monday, December 03, 2001 at 02:01 IP Logged
Hello again! (I'm the one who did the book excerpt of Seabiscuit for the NY Daily News, and am SUCH a big fan of your book!) I am doing a story now on chronic fatigue syndrome, and you are such a heroine with it I wounder if you could give me a call for a quick interview. My number is 212=210-1647. Thanks. Susan Ferraro
NYC, NY USA

Comments by Amy D. on Monday, December 03, 2001 at 01:58 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have always loved horses but I never really got into watching racing. When I picked up your book, I knew instantly after reading the first page that I would love it. Your book has truly inspired me, and although I wasn't alive when Seabiscuit raced to watch him, I feel somehow connected to the small horse. This story has truly touched my heart. Thank you.
Sacramento, CA USA

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