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Comments by Joe Mangino on Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 03:59 IP Logged
My wife gave me your book for an anniversary gift. I couldn't put it down.I read each word and the horse and people around him came alive.You moved me.Seldom has a book touched me this way.The 'Biscuit' made me laugh and cry. But mostly, it reasured my belief that hard work and principals will always persevere. The little horse with the big heart was brought to life by you.I am telling everyone to buy the book. You have now brought reading back into my life. My wife and I thank you. Warmly Joe
Stuart, fl USA

Comments by Andriese on Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 03:15 IP Logged
Wonderful, well written story. I read Seabiscuit as a youngster. It was only 40-50 pages. It started the horse fever. It was nice to have an adult version with the complete story. I own an exracer which I am saving from the glue factory and retraining for a saddle horse. I watched many horses mistreated and broken both while working on a TB race farm and then chasing them around the track working ambulance. I always knew there were legend trainers but never really heard of them. Wonderful portrayal of what kindness and love between creatures can amount to. Thank you for your relentless searching for the whole picture.
USA

Comments by MDG on Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 01:25 IP Logged
Congratulations on making a great story even greater! Wonderfully written making a horse story one of the best books I've read in a long time for a person who is not a horse person!
Mexico City, Mexico

Comments by Jan Thomas on Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
My last message was sent prematurely. I want Laura to know that her book, "Seabiscuit" caused me to fall in love with a horse. I've read it cover to cover 5 times and may just start to read it over again. I have at least 20 new books waiting to be read but I can't leave the story of Seabiscuit alone. Every character was compelling. But it's the combination of factors that's most riveting. Thank you for perservering in the face of your illness. This is a special horse, surrounded by special people and a special author to bring the story to the world. My brother is not a real book reader but I gave him "Seabiscuit" to read when he was helping our Mom recover from surgery. He started the book in the afternoon and never put it down untilhe was done at 4:00AM the following morning. Thank you laura
Escondido, CA USA

Comments by S. Griffitts on Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 09:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks for answering the question about the cover photgraph! When I purchased the book, I was mildy annoyed by the fact that Seabiscuit's head was missing... being a conformation connoiseur, it just seemed "wrong", I now understand. I am thankful that you included many photos in the book, though could have looked at hundreds more and still thirsted for more! Am considering a trip to Saratoga Springs! Thanks again for bringing the noble story of the heavenly Biscuit to life!
USA

Comments by Woody Falgoux on Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 07:52 IP Logged
I commend you on a real achievement. I read SEABISCUIT six months ago, and it ruined me. I've yet to read another that comes close. The book is a perfect blend of action, drama and comedy. It's history, but its fast pace makes it feel like the present in a past, nostalgic setting. The book really captures the beauty and the horror of horse racing, but you don't have to like sports to like this book. When I was writing ONE DREAM: THE NFL, I tried to make it a human story. But you take it a step further -- you make a horse uniquely human.
Thibodaux, LA USA

Comments by Anthony Guzzardo on Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just want to tell you that I am only half way done with this book and it is so good. I love that horse. I am an animal lover and admire the different personalities in my 4 cats. This horse was a character. I am so engrossed with the things that Howard, Smith and Pollard do and how there lives came together. But that Seabiscuit. Whenever he is on the page he brings it to live and those races are so exciting. I am not a racing fan but I am so glad I was introduced to Seabiscuit. Thank you so much for this book. I am recovering from knee surgery and Seabiscuit is helping me mend. Are there any good dvd's or vhs about Seabiscuit? A. Guzzardo
Middle Village, NY USA

Comments by Richard Perloff on Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 03:31 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I have been going to the races for nearly 30 of my 42 years. I'm just old enough to remember what it was like to see huge crowds actually turn up at the track to see the marquee horses run, an occurrence which seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Your book moved me again and again. Thank you for reaching back into racing's past to give fans of my generation the opportunity to experience the excitement of a great racehorse's brilliant career.
Athens, OH USA

Comments by Bonnalee on Saturday, September 01, 2001 at 00:32 IP Logged
Dear MS Hillenbrand, I just finished reading "Seabiscuit, An American Legend". The tears on my cheeks aren't yet dry. I just had to let you know how your story touched me. I hope I can explain the impact your book had on me. I'm not a race fan. I think that horses are magnificent creatures but the racing aspect just smacked of another excuse to gamble. My fiance and his family however, are big race fans. Because of them I have enjoyed a few trips to Saratoga. When I was captivated by the excerpt of your book in the "Reader's Digest", I knew that I wanted to buy the book for my raceloving Mark. He couldn't put the book down. His praise persuaded me to give it a try. I was enraptured from the first page to the last. I now understand the love and passion of the sport. I fell in love with "Seabiscuit" and so admire the people who are in communion with the animals. Thank you for opening my eyes and heart. Many of my family and friends will be finding your book under their Christmas tree this year. I anxiously await the movie version of your book. Meanwhile, has any of the film footage of Seabiscuit been converted to video? I would love to see the "Biscuit" run! Your new fan, Bonnalee Bohlman
WORCESTER, MA USA

Comments by Mary Mercer on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 07:02 IP Logged
What a great interview the other day on your book "Seabiscuit". Being a horselover myself, it is a very inspiring story, as well as your story also, Laura. I was very understanding of your health concerns of "Chronic Fatigue" as my sister-in-law suffers desperately from it. I know that she has been taking some natural products that have helped her tremendously. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about what she is taking as I am sure you are always looking to feel better. Take care and God Bless.
Bonfield, IL USA

Comments by Penelope Ann Bisbee on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 03:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I'm only on page 87 of your wonderful book and I'm completely smitten with Seabiscuit, the characters, the story, and your smack-'em-between-the-eyes, truth-telling prose and your float-'em-off-the-ground, artful poetry. I can hardly wait to finish up page 339. Also, I saw you on "Good Morning, America," I'll be hoping that a cure for CFS will come soon. Sincerely, Penelope Bisbee
Fort Worth, Tx USA

Comments by Amanda on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 02:11 IP Logged
I was just thinking about the Seabiscuit movie to be made. I think it would be realy cool if some notables from todays racing industry made appearances in the movie. For example jockies like Kent Desormeux could do some of the riding for the racing scenes and maybe even have a few lines. Also a suggestion for the race caller. Dan Louiselle from Woodbine Toronto is an excellent race caller and it would be realy neat if he had a part in the movie as well. Just something to think about. Amanda
Alberta, Canada

Comments by Al Leonardi on Friday, August 31, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura: First, congratulations to you for 'uncovering' this story. It is odd that no one had the foresight to realize that there there was a story. Seabiscuit deserved that it be written with passion and dignity. His place in history has been secured beacuse of you. I wasn't certain what to expect when I began reading the book. However, it was obvious after the first few pages that this was no ordinary sports book about a legendary figure. Over the years, I have frequented racetracks and always enjoyed the strength and beauty of these wondrous animals. I enjoyed this book immensely. I laughed and cried. I felt the pride that the men and women who loved that horse felt. The simple description of the end of the horses'life was perfectly insightful.You should be so proud of this marvellous book. I put 'Seabiscuit' neck and neck with Roger Cahn's 'Boys of Summer'. Bravo! Al Leonardi

Comments by donna ripple on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 09:29 IP Logged
Could someone please forward to me the sites Ms. Hillenbrand wants us to email. I deleted by mistake. I certainly want to help her cause. Seabiscuit is one of the best books I ever read! Thanks
pittsburgh, pa USA

Comments by Dianne T. Thompson on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 08:50 IP Logged
I was deeply impressed not only with Seabiscuit's remarkable story, but with your ability to convey it so beautifully within the context of the times. Before this book, I knew nothing of the amazing Seabiscuit nor of the unlikely trio who recognized and, facing long odds, nurtured a champion. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit's astonishing saga, which once captivated this country, back into our national consciousness. You deserve all the accolades you are receiving, and then more.
Laurel, MD USA

Comments by Norman Kaufman on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 08:40 IP Logged
Hi Laura...I'm a frequent visitor, though not often a winner, to Belmont Racetrack during the season. I enjoyed your book Seabiscuit very much and would like to send it to you for an autograph. May I ?
Brooklyn , NY USA

Comments by Helen Safford on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 04:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura,I just read "Four Good Legs Between Us" and downloaded it for my husband, Art. Tomorrow I will buy him the book. Art had the good fortune to live on the Howard Ranch from the time he was 6 years old. His father, Ecton Safford moved the family to Willits from Danville, Ca. around 1929. One of the times when Seabiscuit was lame and sent to the Ridgewood Ranch my husband was about 14 and just the right size to exercise Seabiscuit every day. He just finished his autobiography and I loved his story. Your story is very special to us because my husband and his sister knew the Howards and Seabiscuit. Good luck with your movie and your health.
Ukiah, Ca. USA

Comments by Coralie DeWald on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 01:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I, by good fortune, was able to see your interview with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, on "Good Morning America", yesterday. I am so impressed with your spirit in dealing with your health,and your obvious love for Seabiscuit, and the people in his life!! I read the book earlier this summer , loved it and your writing, so much, and was completely absorbed in it, that I emailed you immediately after. I consider myself fortunate to have seen the interview. I was so intensely impressed by the way your eyes sparkled, and your voice was full of admiration and enthusiasm during the interview for the phenomenon that was/is Seabiscuit. My sympathies in your battle with CFS. The toll each interview and public appearance take on your very fragile health commands such admiration from me. I find myself lamenting the energy I wish I had for some of my horse activities, but feel embarrassed when I see what you experience on a daily basis. I enjoy reading other additions to your guestbook, and am so enriched by the obvious love and respect, admiration and honor other emailers have for you, and for this great, great book. I am sure that I am not alone in contacting celebrities to request your presence on their shows. Great good things to you, Laura, you are a truly unique person! Sincerely, Coralie DeWald
Staples, MN USA

Comments by Amanda on Thursday, August 30, 2001 at 00:59 IP Logged
Hey. I'm just here to say what everyone else is saying. I'm 18 years old and was born a racefan. I have read many books on horses and so far Seabiscuit is the best book ever. There are not enough compliments in the world to do it justice. Keep up the good work and look forward to reading your future work. Amanda
Alberta, Canada

Comments by JEFF KESSLER on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 09:12 IP Logged
DEAR LAURA, I DO NOT LIKE HORSE RACING BOOKS, OR MOVIES. NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER COME CLOSE TO BEING ACTUAL. SINCE THE DAYS OF MICKEY ROONEY MOVIES, STATING THOSE FAMOUS LINES, SUCH AS...."GO BEAUTY GO, ASHLEY NEEDS THAT OPERATION SOON OR SHE'LL DIE". THINGS HAVE NOT GOTTEN MUCH BETTER. I WAS A JOCKEY IN THE 60'S AND 70'S MYSELF. STARTING ON THE TRACK AT THE AGE OF 13. LIVING IN STALLS AND GOING THROUGH MUCH OF WHAT YOU SPOKE ABOUT. IT WAS A DIFFERENT ERA. I HAD TO RETIRE EARLIER THEN I WANTED DUE TO SERIOUS INJURIES AND JUST PLAIN TIRED OF REDUCING FOR SO MANY YEARS.BUT MY MEMORIES WILL GO WITH ME TO MY GRAVE AND I WOULDNT TRADE THEM FOR ANYTHING. YOUR BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. YOU ARE THE FIRST PERSON WHO HAS EVER TOLD IT AS IT ACTUALLY IS. THE REAL WORLD OF JOCKEYS. IF YOU WERE TO ASK 10 PEOPLE TO NAME 50 ATHLETES....NOT ONE OF THEM WOULD COME UP WITH "JOCKEY". THAT IS REALLY SAD AND IT HURTS RIDERS DEEPLY. I WAS THRILLED WHEN I READ THE PART ABOUT HOW YOU THOUGHT JOCKS WERE AMONG THE GREATEST ATHLETES OF ALL. WE ALWAY KNEW THAT. MAYBE NEXT TIME SPORTS FANS WATCH ATHLETES SUCH AS FOOTBALL PLAYERS GET THEIR BELL RUNG, OR BREAK A FINGER, THEY DONT MAKE COMMENTS SUCH AS, "BOY THOSE BIG GUYS ARE BRAVE TO BE OUT THERE". HELL,THEY ONLY HAVE ON SOMETHING LIKE 25-30 POUNDS OF PROTECTIVE GEAR. SEE IF THEY WOULD HAVE THE COURAGE, BALANCE, STRENGTH OR REFLEX TO RIDE IN A HORSE RACE. I THINK NOT. ANYWAY, THANKS FOR THE GREAT STORY AND TELLING IT LIKE IT REALLY IS. IT IS OBVIOUS YOU SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND RESEARCH GETTING IT RIGHT. RETIRED "RACE RIDER"
PLANTATION, FL USA

Comments by Janet Crawford on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Congratulations on a wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it on our journey to the World Championship Horse Show in Louisville last week. When the great hackney pony that my husband trains took a wrong step and was unable to defend his world title, it helped to remember that even Champions have bad luck. I look forward to your next book! Janet Crawford
Somers, CT USA

Comments by lauren acton on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:57 IP Logged
Hi Laura- I saw Good Morning America and just had to write. Congratulations on your perseverance with writing so beautifully under the CFS condition! You are so inspiring to artists who suffer with this illness but still need to create. I too have had CFS for 10/12 years and am getting ready for a oil show in Boston in Feb. I too live around the horrible disease, taking naps and dealing with my miserable to bad days. I found strength in your persistent attitude to your writing in the throes of this illness. This is such a life-transforming illness that it forces you to take time to reflect on who one is and what's important. It made me happy to see an fellow artist challenge and win over this illness through the writing of your bestseller! signed Lauren Acton - fellow artfriend
boston, ma USA

Comments by Catherine on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:44 IP Logged
Hi Laura. I just saw your interview on Good Morning America. Congrats on the book! Regarding CFS ~ there are successful treatments. There is hope! Please check out this link ~ http://www.chronicfatigue.org/ Wonderful doctor and clinic with amazing results. These people have saved my life. Best of luck to you.
Lahaska, PA USA

Comments by Douglas Whyland on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 at 08:33 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I just saw your interview on "Good Morning America", I thought it was a great interview. I am on my way to get your book. I also felt a great compasion for your suffering with your illness. I feel compelled to tell you about some people I know that have gotten some releife from your illness by using alternative medicine. I would love to tell you more if you are interested. Please email me and I will be glad to put you intouch with them.
Sanford, ME USA

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