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Comments by esther cohn on Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 08:57 IP Logged
I ewould like to buy a picture or little suvior of seabiscuit Can you help me
sacramento, ca USA

Comments by Matthew Karns on Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 08:30 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: Let me first begin by thanking you for your absolutely wonderful book. I have read the book three times since I purchased it (of course I read the local library's copy so as to not ruin mine!) I so treasure the story of Seabiscuit, both as a horse owner and lover, as an avid fan of thoroughbred horse racing, and as someone who derives so much inspiration from all the people associated with The Biscuit. I only wish I could have been alive to see him race in person. I would have begged, bought, and stolen to get to the 1938 Pimlico Special! Yesterday I drove 5 hours to the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY just to see the Seabiscuit exhibit (the rest of the museum was great also.) It was so wonderful to see The Biscuit's halter and blanket, Red Pollard's boots, leg brace, hymn book, the trophies, the photos, the video of "THE" match race and the Santa Anita Handicap; the entire exhibit was so, so well done! I especially enjoyed seeing the items on loan from you. Such a precious collection. Anyway, I really, REALLY thought that the exhibit was absolutely incredible. Thank you so much for making it possible and for bringing the story of Seabiscuit and his human companions back from the mists of time. All the best of everything to you. Very sincerely, Matthew karns
Bloomsburg, PA USA

Comments by DB on Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 07:52 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand; Thank you so much for giving life to a story well worth telling! While recovering from surgery I read about you and your book in an article in REAL SIMPLE magazine. I also have CFS with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. And after my divorce I've found myself on the verge of financial ruin. The surgery was the "icing on the cake." But the story of the "Biscuit" spoke to me and helped keep my spirits up at a time when I was beginning to think I had done all I could do. It's not just a "sports" story. It's a story that can mirror so many of our lives - struggling against bodies that fail, luck that won't hold, systems that won't waver and ideologies that say "you can't." I have read each chapter with hopeful anticipation and cried with joy for each characters personal triumph. I've returned to work and my screensaver now says "Remember The Biscuit". And when I start to feel overwhelmed I remember Seabiscuit, the Howards, Red Pollard, George Wolff and Tom Smith. I'd like to thank you for putting it all into words and quite possibly saving my life at a time when I needed to be reminded that the odds are meant to be broken!
Cleveland, OH USA

Comments by Stephen Olson on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 09:03 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I really enjoyed your book. You might notice my email address, yes from Seabiscuit. I am a Technical Sgt in the USAF, and I work as a Crew Chief on the KC135, which is an air refueling aircraft. Following Air Force tradition, the crew chief(mechanic, much like NASCAR racing) names his or her aircraft, and about 5 years ago, my crew and I named our aircraft Seabiscuit. We didn't know the whole story, but myself and my friend Brian Blevins new some race horse history, and with Brian's recommendation, we named our piglet the Seabiscuit. Since the time we named the original Biscuit, we have had 3 other jets, and some of the Biscuit boys and girls have moved on to other pursuits, the legend of our original Seabiscuit lives on. Thanks much for giving us the history of a great horse. I know it is probably corny to compare a living horse with the aluminum and steel of our riders steed, but our "Biscuit" is still our baby. Steve "BigBiscuit" Olson P.s. If you would like to see the nose art that we have been lobbying our leadership to approve, email me back and I will send it. It is taken from an artist from Tacoma Wa, not remembering her name, but the work was The Spirit Takes flight. Steve O.
Wichita, ks USA

Comments by Toby Cooper on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 07:46 IP Logged
Laura: If we ship you the book could you sign. We would be most honored. Also, when the Ives documentary is released, we would like to purchase a copy, so hopefully the information on that could be posted on the forthcoming page. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all. Toby Cooper Menlo Park CA
USA

Comments by mark on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 06:31 IP Logged
is there an "unabridged" audio book available??? thanks
USA

Comments by Arundhati Chakravorty on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 06:20 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished Seabiscuit, and I wanted to tell you that I loved it. Every race you described had an edge-of-the-seat feel to it, and evoked the time and the place wonderfully. I also felt that you presented very clearly the bond that was shared by the three men and Seabiscuit. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. Sincerely, Arundhati Chakravorty.
Menlo Park, CA USA

Comments by Grace Hughs on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 04:08 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Your book Seabiscuit is a great story! I love it! Except for one thing, the use of curse words. My Dad had to read through it before me and mark out the words before I could read it. I know you can't change the book now but I'm asking you to please keep all the curse words you can out of the movie. I'm sure other people will feel the same way. Thank you, Grace Hughs
USA

Comments by Kelly Kahler on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 02:09 IP Logged
Laura, Just when I needed to feel passion, "Seabiscuit..." woke my emotions. My childhood passion for horses asleep or awake has emerged drawing me into the light of discovery--past and future. I also heard your interview on Thanksgiving day on the Diane remise show. As I drove to be with friends and celebrate my many blessings I discovered the inspiration of Seabiscuit's story and yours. Since then I hurried to read your book only to find that I had to stop often for my mind, body and emotions to compose before continuing. What beautiful writing--what a beautiful spirit you share. A blessing that day indeed! Thinking of you...be well.
Wilmington, VT USA

Comments by Kari Newman on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 01:39 IP Logged
A life-long fan of thoroughbred racing, I recently finished your book and nearly cried at the epalouge. There are many great horses that have captured our hearts this pas century, and Seabiscuit was, by far, one of the most memorable and heart-wrenching. As a young thoroughbred owner and race fanatic, I have watched racing greats such as Cigar, Skip Away, and Da Hoss gallop own the homestretch to the finish line in first, bringing joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. I can only imagion the thrill that Seabiscuit put on such an adoring and populated crouwd in a time of such turmoil. A gangly colt destined to becaome a classic American Icon, Seabiscuit did as few others have done: he pulled a Carry Back-style rags-to-riches classic tale that was beautifully recaptured by author Laura Hiltenbrand. The rush I got from reading the book must have been but a fraction of the feeling of the crowds at Belmont and Santa Anita, and the pride shared by Pollard, Howard, and Smith. Thank you for recognizing this great thoroughbred, aknowledging one of our best, and re-creating a perfect scene, giving the horse more than a name, but also a true personality, as each one is truely unique.
Chaska, MN USA

Comments by Glenda Lowery on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 01:01 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I apologize for posting this here. I read an article about your ongoing battle with CFS. My company just may have something that could be of great benefit to you. Please email me for details. Sincerely, Glenda Lowery
Lebanon, MO USA

Comments by Vahni Hughes on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
This is a copy of an email I sent to Oprah Winfrey: Last Thursday, while en route to my mother's house for our Thanksgiving day feast, I tuned into the Diane Rehm show on NPR. Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, was discussing the fantastic horse that inspired her book. I was completely drawn in by Laura's friendly voice and her stories about Seabiscuit, and after about 15 minutes, all I could think about was getting my hands on the book. Hoping that Amerian capitalism had reached an all-time high (or low), I pulled up to the lot of a Barnes & Noble, praying it would be open. Of course, it wasn't. I spent the rest of Thanksgiving Day talking about how intrigued I was by Laura, and that the first thing I intended to do tomorrow was not hit the mall looking for sales, but hit the bookstore and buy her book. Last night, tears streamed down my cheeks as I finished the book. I am smitten with Seabiscuit, and am awed by Laura's ability to make horse races just as thrilling on the pages of a book some 60 years later. I hope you will consider Seabiscuit: An American Legend for your book club, as it is deserving of the exposure, and an absolute delight for readers, both equestrian and civilian (like me). Laura is an extraordinarily talented writer, and has captured an important period in American history with eloquence, truth, and tenderness. If you do feature the book, I would LOVE to be on your panel and meet Laura. Thanks for your time, and read the book. You will love it! Vahni Hughes
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by Mira on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 08:27 IP Logged
Dear Laura, There are not enough superlatives to express how much I enjoyed your book. In my world, "Seabiscuit" is in a match race with "Gone With The Wind". I am honored to have your signature in my copy, having purchased it in an online auction through an organization that supports the rehabilitation, retraining, and retirement of Thoroughbreds when their racing careers have ended. My own 4 year old OTTB is a great-great-great-great grandson of War Admiral, and after reading your descriptions of Seabiscuit's rival, I am thrilled to report that my "Counsel" is as sweet and even-tempered as they come - thank goodness! I look forward to the documentary and movie. Very best wishes to you from our entire mixed species family.
Flower Mound, TX USA

Comments by Don Barry on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 08:17 IP Logged
Dear Miss Hillenbrand: Your book is a masterpiece of research-turned-thriller! I have never read the equal of your gripping descriptiion of a horse race. (After 40 years of riding Thoroughbreds, I can attest to the accuracy of your heart-pounding relation of what goes on under the saddle.) Seabiscuit is so good that it is probably the only book in which I find the acknowledgements interesting in themselves--especially since I know so many of the people you cited! Unfortunately, however, you were ill served by your editors, who allowed many grammatical and syntactical errors to appear. I cite but two: page 203, fourth-last line, "...but the mane plaits didn't lay [sic] right..." Since lay is a transitive verb, the word must be "lie right." On page 255, line 8:"...strong-armed into dismissing Milton, whom [sic] he and virtually all observers agreed had done nothing wrong..." Diagram the sentence, and you'll see that the word must be "who." They also should have caught the fact that there was no National Weather Service at the time; it was the Weather Bureau of the Department of Commerce. In spite of your incompetent editors, you have written a book that exhibits a delightful style, scholarly research, and which I shall reread many times. I only hope the movie will be worthy of it. Sincerely, Don Barry FOXHALL FARM THOROUGHBREDS
Sonoita, AZ USA

Comments by Katherine Shaffer on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 04:40 IP Logged
As a horse fanatic for 50 years, this story is awesome. I cried in various places through the entire story, and the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral gave me goosebumps. I read the narrative of that race five times just to relive it. A fantastic book, and a fantastic horse!
Hartford City, IN USA

Comments by Suzy Schauer on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 02:14 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand A life long interest in horses and 20 years training thoroughbred race horses were not the only reason for my purchase of your great book. First, let me introduce you to my former father-in-law, Archie McTaggart. Archie came west in a covered wagon and lived to see men walk on the moon. He was also a political person, twice mayor of Butte, MT. Since Butte had a larger population of Irish working the "richest hill on earth", he changed the spelling of MacTaggart (Scotch) to McTaggart (Irish). When Red Pollard arrived in Butte, maybe even younger than your research indicated, Archie provided him with a home. In fact, some felt that Archie raised Red. At any rate, Red sent Archie a win picture of Seabiscuit beating Kayak II signed "I done(sic) it and I'm glad." He also sent Archie his racing saddle which has his name carved or burned into it. Archie treasured these mementos. Upon his death at the age of 93 or 94, these were passed to his son who still has them. Interested? I can put you in touch with Bob McTaggart.
Malta, MT USA

Comments by David M. Appel on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My father is a long time trainer of thoroughbred horse in Maryland. His name is Charles H. Hadry,I have your book and with x'mas on its way I would like to know if there is a way to get in touch with you for a meetting so I may get you to sign the book for my father. I'm more than willing to meet with you in Washington D.C. just tell me were to meet you, time and date and I will be there. Here is my E-Mail address again DC1DAVE@MSN.COM
Virginia Beach, VA USA

Comments by Bill Mundy, Ph.D., MAI on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 00:52 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand: I just finished reading "Seabiscuit." A very enjoyable book. The reason for writing you is that I own a firm that specializes in appraising "trophy" property, especially ranches. We are currently working on two projects that are along the CA. coast and I was wondering if there might be more specific information available from you on the location of Ridgewood, which is fairly close to one of the ranches we are valuing in the Redding area. I would like to stop by and have a look at Ridgewood, soulds as if there may be some "Seabiscuit history" there. Thanking you in advance, Bill Mundy.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Benjamin Sims on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 00:48 IP Logged
What a wonderful book. To maintain the suspense about a race whose results I already knew is magnificent. The people were so real, the racetrack lore so wonderful, that I felt I was transported back to 1938 and I was part of that crowd cheering for Seabiscuit. I have vague memories of seeing Native Dancer on tv when I was a little child, of seeing Secretariat and Northern Dancer and numerous other horses. But after reading your book I almost feel as if I had been along for the ride on Seabiscuit. Thanks for an especially enjoyable 300 plus pages.
Ridgewood, NJ USA

Comments by Bill Shevlin on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
Congratulations on a magnificent book! Though I was only a young child at the time, I still remember my father listening to races on the radio and cheering for Seabiscuit. I don't recall when I have enjoyed a book so much. Your narratives of the races were particularly gripping. Thank you so much.
Port Charlotte, FL USA

Comments by Joyce Di Pietro on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
I just finished your book and have never been moved to make a comment or find out how to tell the author how much I have enjoyed the experience of the "ride". It was a delightful book which really got "under my skin"!! I could never wait to find out what his next milestone or dilemna would be. Thanks for a great reading adventure!! Once in awhile a book really STICKS with me and this one certainly did. I've recommended it several times over! Joyce
Pleasanton, CA USA

Comments by Nina on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 00:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, My name is Nina and I am 11. I read your book, Seabiscuit an American Legend, and loved it. I love horses and want to become a horseback rider (I am not sure what kind) and an author. I chose your book for a book project for school and, if you have the time, would like to ask you some questions. 1. How did you go about collecting all the information for this book and how long did it take you? 2. What inspired you to write about Seabiscuit? 3. Are girls allowed to become jockeys and if yes did you ever want to become a jockey? Thanks you for your time and if your not able to get back to me by next Tuesday, the 4th of December, don't worry about it. I loved your book! Sincerely, Nina
Bowdoinham, ME USA

Comments by Sue Harris on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 09:34 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading Seabiscuit out loud to my 11 year old horse-crazy daughter. We both were crying at the end because we felt like we had lost a close friend. It was a wonderful book--the characters are decribed so vividly. It was interesting to discover that Thistledown--a track that is nearby and where we sometimes attend races--was mentioned in your book. We recently spent a week in Lexington touring horse farms and going to the Horse Park and Keeneland, but your book really brought the world of horse racing to life for us. I noticed my daughter was taking the book with her to school today so she can start reading it to herself--a sure sign that she loved it as much as I did. Thanks so much, Sue Harris
Cleveland, OH USA

Comments by Jeremy Edge on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 09:31 IP Logged
Laura you probably know the good news by now! i've just left the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and you won. It's always shocked me that bookshops in the US have racing titles in the gambling section and not in the Sports section. You have taken Racing out of the gambling section through the Sports section and basically into a totally different level altogether.
London, UK

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