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Comments by Joan Chapman on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 05:27 IP Logged
Laura - From 1977 to 1982 I campaigned a horse named Joanie's Chief on the New York/Florida circuit guided by a wise trainer named Eugene Jacobs. Your lovely book brought back a lot of memories about the wonderful world of thoroughbred racing. Thank you. Joan Chapman
USA

Comments by Marcia Faulkner on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 03:46 IP Logged
What a book!! What a story!! I can't stop thinking about it. Thank you so much, Laura, for bringing Seabiscuit back to life for my generation and generations to come. Your work is a masterpiece.
Rochester, NY USA

Comments by Frans Vuister on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 02:08 IP Logged
Being form the Netherlands, I had never heard of Seabiscuit before. But I love (Dutch, English) horseracing and when I was on holidays in the USA last month I happened to see your book in the shops. After seeing it a couple of times, I finally decided to buy it. Now I'm back home and I just finished reading it. A couple of very entertaining hours!! Thanks!!
Oosterhout, NBr The Netherlands

Comments by Hugo Estrázulas on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 01:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand. I am 54, a lawyer after five generations of lawyers in my country, and I believe we have all loved horse racing. But I have an advantage: I read your book. Please be sure that I never enjoyed so much any other one, and that I deeply admire you, your knowledge and the exquisite way you have to make us share Seabiscuits life. Please forgive my poor English. Thank you very much and congratulations.
Montevideo, URUGUAY

Comments by David Peters on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 01:24 IP Logged
I would like to contact Ms. Hillenbrand regarding some CFS information.
Pinetop, AZ USA

Comments by Jess on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 01:06 IP Logged
I am 14 years old, and I have to say, this book really touched me. It make seem cliche, but when I finished it I was a little depressed. I missed coming home and laying there reading it and not paying attention to the world around me. I ride horses, am in Pony Club, and just absolutlt love the creatures, but this book went straight to my heart. I want to learn more about Seabiscuit, I want to go to the exibit in Saratoga, but can't there before it's gone. Well, I hope you make a great movie, I'll surely see it...over and over. Thanx for a compelling book. May you be safe and successful, Jess
USA

Comments by Scott on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 00:06 IP Logged
I just finished Seabiscuit, and I must say that I found it to be an enthralling book. Laura Hillebrand did a fine job of painting vivid pictures in my imagination of the jubliant atmospheres that followed the horse as it traveled the country. To imagine a horse having the same stature as other athletic luminaries is quite amazing, yet the book made it clear how Seabiscuit came to be so revered by the American populace.
Livingston, NJ USA

Comments by Alice Fraas on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 09:19 IP Logged
You have written an epic book that I had to finish once I started it. Tearful at the end, I will never watch a race without thinking of the past jockeys, and the danger they face. I have every issue of Equus which as made me a better horseperson and caregiver for my equine friends. Thank you
Hot Springs,, SD USA

Comments by Tom O'Rourke on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 07:48 IP Logged
Great book. A question, on the inside back flap of the books dust jacket, it says the cover photo of Howard, Seabiscuit and Pollard was March 5,1940. Wasn't the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap run on March 2nd, as stated on Page318?
USA

Comments by Tommy West on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 04:36 IP Logged
Laura, Just a few hours ago, I finished reading your book, SEABISCUIT, An American Legend. I am still crying. Good books have always been a passion with me. I love biography, history, and most non-fiction. SEABISCUIT is all three wrapped into one. It is a jewel of a book in every way. The interrelationship between Charles Howard, Tom Smith and Red Pollard as well as George Woolf read like a novel. I have never been to a horse race but was an avid fan of SECRETARIAT and watched him on tv as he won all three Triple Crown races. I wonder if SEABISCUIT could have outrun SECRETARIAT the way he did WAR ADMIRAL. I would also like to add that horses are perhaps the most dignified of all animals and like humans, each one has a unique personality. I was amazed at how cool SEABISCUIT was under pressure. Much more could be noted about the book, but this will suffice. Now let's see the movie.
Wake Forest, NC USA

Comments by Kelly Trierweiler on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 04:09 IP Logged
Laura, we just purchased the 2000 US Olympic dressage competitor Etienne and a lot about his story reminds us so much of Seabiscuit! (Etienne is now reunited with his rider, Christine Traurig, who adores him.)Thank you for a timeless story that resonates with anyone who has ever loved a horse. (Laura, if interested, you can read about Etienne at www.chronofhorse.com, the In the Country story for Sept 7). Thank you again, I hope your chronic fatigue is permitting you to enjoy life in some shape, and God bless you. Kelly Trierweiler
Rockford, MI USA

Comments by William Neyman on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 01:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura -- I'm writing to applaud your fabulous book, and to complain that it ruined a perfectly good vacation Sunday in San Francisco. I became so engrossed in the story of Seabiscuit and his owner and handlers that I literally could not put it down -- spending the entire day reading in my bathrobe, never leaving my apartment. Even your Acknowlegements are fascinating. Congratulations on a wonderful work of literature that uplifts the spirit, brings the courage and wisdom (and foolishness) of those long forgotten into the light, and gifts all who read it with a new and penetrating insight into what makes horses run and what makes humans watch and wonder.
Arlington, VA USA

Comments by Cathy Shepard on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 01:21 IP Logged
Laura, I just finished reading Seabiscuit An American Legend. Magnificent book about the most outstanding racing horse and diversely interesting people! I have one question: How tall was Seabiscuit at the withers? Thanks. Cathy Shepard
USA

Comments by Kathy Harter on Sunday, September 09, 2001 at 00:33 IP Logged
I am thoroughly enjoying your book as a riveting biography. Horseracing has never been a particular interest although I know a few fans and am somewhat familiar it. Your book transcends the sport and is a full and engrossing account of the lives of many people specifically and the times in general. I heard your description on a talk show, that it was really about underdogs triumphing. I can barely put the book down and am right now going back to finish it. Wonderful story well told. Thanks.
Honolulu, HI USA

Comments by Nancy Jurs on Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
Dear Laura.....Hellelujah! What a great book. Today Seabiscuit is on his way back to California after the great match race. Can't wait for the next chance I get to squeeze in a few more pages. The miracle is that my husband read it first and loved it.....he, who had no interest in racing and, in the past, has only dutifully watched the triple crown races with me. (So I didn't have to get excited--including jumping up and down screaming -- all by myself.) For his birthday I would love to get him a video of the Pimlico race. Do you know if one would be obtainable anywhere? Thanks for your help. Nancy
Scottsville, NY USA

Comments by Nick and Hortense Neuburger on Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 06:05 IP Logged
As a youth growing up in upstate New York, I remember reading about the fabulous horse named Seabiscuit. Yes, it is true the eyes and ears of the nation were on Seabiscuit and his races. Your work captures a time and makes the people involved with Seabiscuit live. We both thoroughly enjoyed reading your ever so well detailed work. I can still hear Clem McCarthy announcing the lineups and the race itself. Thanks for the great read.
Galt, Ca USA

Comments by Nick and Hortense Neuburger on Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 06:05 IP Logged
As a youth growing up in upstate New York, I remember reading about the fabulous horse named Seabiscuit. Yes, it is true the eyes and ears of the nation were on Seabiscuit and his races. Your work captures a time and makes the people involved with Seabiscuit live. We both thoroughly enjoyed reading your ever so well detailed work. I can still hear Clem McCarthy announcing the lineups and the race itself. Thanks for the great read.
Galt, Ca USA

Comments by Diane Patrick on Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 00:44 IP Logged
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book and bringing these characters to life. I actually felt what it might be like to be driving through the pack at forty miles per hour. Your book was more compelling than the best mysteries I have read. It also provides us with a glimpse of the times, the racing world, and a truly American experience. And of course, it gives the world the opportunity to fall in love with the truly incomparable Seasbiscuit once again.
Parker, Colorado USA

Comments by Marianne Atkinson on Saturday, September 08, 2001 at 00:14 IP Logged
Bravo! Was up till 5 AM finishing Seabiscuit so I could return to our tiny island library this morning. I am also a writer with an immune disorder & feel fortunate to still be able to type. Seabiscuit, to me, stands at the top of my list of great love stories. I can also thank you for writing prose that made me cry, thus freeing what felt like a stone from my right eye. I also know of many naturalpathic ways, including exercise & breathing techniques that may help you. All best. And many thanks.
Orr's Island, ME USA

Comments by Jan Bindas on Friday, September 07, 2001 at 09:51 IP Logged
Heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS, Laura, on a BEAUTIFULLY written book about Seabiscuit and the people in his life. You have a gift for weaving words together which creates such a vivid picture that readers are transported back in time. And your research was evident on each and every page. I simply could not put your book down and feel as though I had the privilege of becoming acquainted with C.S. Howard, Tom Smith, Red Pollard, George Woolf and most of all the incomparable, and thanks to you, the unforgettable Seabiscuit. What a wonderful tribute to a very special horse and the people who loved him. Seabiscuit, An American Legend, was a requested birthday gift and in all honesty, was the best book I have ever read. Thank you for bringing his story to life. Hope you can write about other favorites - perhaps Man O'War or Secretariat. And if not them, another special horse of your choosing with a story to tell. Your ability to portray the struggles and triumphs of both horse and people is truly inspirational.
Walnut Creek, CA USA

Comments by Bill Hurwitz on Friday, September 07, 2001 at 09:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was an Automobile Dealer in the Baltimore/Washington area for twenty years. In 1999, I sold out to a public company. The last couple of years, I have been involved with the wonderful sport of horseracing. On September 16th, I have a horse in the Belmont Futurity, which to say the least has been more then I ever expected this quickly. I read your book and adored it. Please, check me out if you'd like its all public information, I would love to talk with you. My daughter is e-mailing this to you because I'm computer retarded:-). I can be reached at 410-581-6870. I am leaving for the Kentucky sale on Monday and I can be reached on my cell phone: 410-207-7768. Looking forward to it. Sincerely, Bill Hurwitz
MD USA

Comments by Cheryl E. Thomas on Friday, September 07, 2001 at 08:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I cried when I was finished with the story. Your writing is superb and the story is fascinating. It is by far the BEST story I've ever read. I have an old Quarter horse (Roger) and I was able to identify so many characteristics in Seabiscuit with him. THANK YOU so much for a great book!
Welcome, MD USA

Comments by Ken Roth on Friday, September 07, 2001 at 08:43 IP Logged
Laura, what a great read!! I finished Seabiscuit at 3:00am this morning, desperately wishing there were another 100 pages to read. I consider myself quite knowledgable on American history, yet had never heard of Seabiscuit. You are a marvelous writer, taking us back to the glory days of horse racing, building the momentum for us as Seabiscuit prepared for his eventual meeting with War Admiral, taking us from the wire, down the backstretch and to the wire. I found myself racing down the page, consuming words as fast as Seabiscuit ate up the track at Pimlico back in 1938. Thank you for the mental images and hearwarming vignettes of Smith, Red, Howard, and Seabiscuit. In these days when the running of the Kentucky Derby is more pagentry than competition, it was wonderful to be taken back to a time when the meeting of two horses could captivate a nation. Do your best to make the movie true to the book.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by Ken Roth on Friday, September 07, 2001 at 08:42 IP Logged
Laura, what a great read!! I finished Seabiscuit at 3:00am this morning, desperately wishing there were another 100 pages to read. I consider myself quite knowledgable on American history, yet had never heard of Seabiscuit. You are a marvelous writer, taking us back to the glory days of horse racing, building the momentum for us as Seabiscuit prepared for his eventual meeting with War Admiral, taking us from the wire, down the backstretch and to the wire. I found myself racing down the page, consuming words as fast as Seabiscuit ate up the track at Pimlico back in 1938. Thank you for the mental images and hearwarming vignettes of Smith, Red, Howard, and Seabiscuit. In these days when the running of the Kentucky Derby is more pagentry than competition, it was wonderful to be taken back to a time when the meeting of two horses could captivate a nation. Do your best to make the movie true to the book.
Indianapolis, IN USA

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