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Comments by Michelle Bannon on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 01:15 IP Logged
I have, at this very moment, completed reading your wonderful book. Thank goodness I heard the segment on NPR which lauded your work. I feel as though I have been granted a visit to the past - to a time when I was not alive, and which I know mainly of being a period of economic despair and impending war. Although the 1930's were a difficult time for many, your book shows us that there are always exceptional people who persevere against all odds and by their actions bring incredible joy to others and serve as an inspiration for years to come. Thank you for your incredible book.
Augusta, GA USA

Comments by Bruce C Boatwright on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 06:59 IP Logged
I picked this up by chance at the library and found it absolutly riveting. As an animal lover who knows next to nothing about horses, I was spellbound from beginning to end. What larger than life people! What a horse! Thank you for a great book, you were right, people should know about those men and those times. Thanks again. Bruce
Madison, SD USA

Comments by Don Colangelo on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 05:01 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I seldom read books, usually only when I vacation at the Jersey Shore with my family. I received your book for my birthday and it was the highlight of my afternoons under an umbrella in Ocean City, NJ. Being a casual racetracker who is now finished with your book, I am interested in seeing things like Seabiscuit's racing forms or more photos of the races. Thank you for a great book and special thanks from my wife who was pleased to have her husband reading with her on the beach. Sincerely, Don Colangelo
Wayne, PA USA

Comments by Jim Beattie on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 03:25 IP Logged
Thanks for the enjoyment I've had reading this grand book.I've come to love and respect this little stallion. I grew up a few miles from Suffolk Downs , and went to races there.Seabiscuit has always been a familiar name. Your book brought him and his wonderful "crew" to life. thanks again.
Dunwoody, GA USA

Comments by Cathleen Tiner on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 03:21 IP Logged
Although I live very close to the Del Mar Racetrack, I really knew nothing about horse racing until a neighbor lent me your book. I must say I have been spellbound. You write beautifully. I feel as if I have ridden every race along with Pollard and Woolfe, as if I have slept alongside Seabiscuit in his stall, as if I were an intimate of Smith's and was offered exceptional access to his training methods. Your novel reads like a suspense novel. It is a real page turner. Thank you for this wonderful book....I can hardly put it down. I intend to buy a copy for my collection and recommend it to everyone I know.
La Mesa, CA USA

Comments by Laura's No. 1 fan on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 02:06 IP Logged
Laura, please keep us updated on when PBS will air the special on Seabisquit. Thanks for the time you put into this wonderful book. I have had the book about 5 months and have read it a few times . Can't wait to see the movie. Also, below I saw questions about Grog after Seabisquit retired and was curious if he died relatively early like "The Bisquit"?
Everwhere, USA

Comments by Lester Demaree on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 01:42 IP Logged
I am originally from I truly enjoyed the book. As I read about the various races that SeaBiscuit won and I wondered if your research provided much incite into the wagering that was put down on the various races and the amounts returned for all the winning he did. It would also have been interesting to contrast a little more about Pollard and Woolf and the competition between them...kind of like Pat Day and Gary Stevens of this decade. Great book!!!
Murfreesboro, TN USA

Comments by Carol Lander on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 01:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for bringing to life the story of Seabiscuit and all those who loved him. As a little girl who read everything I could get my hands on about horses, I am emotional about them. I was given the book by my oldest daughter who is a senior Equine Management major at Texas A & M and who wants to go into some aspect of the Thoroughbred Racing industry. I'm thankful that she has inherited my love of horses and horse racing. The story of Seabiscuit speaks to the courage, heart, and intelligence of all horses. This year my husband and I attended the Kentucky Derby for the first time. What an awesome experience. Two weeks ago we returned from our first trip to Del Mar. Reading your beautiful story equalled those experiences. I wish you the best and hope that you will continue writing about other great horses.
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by Kerry Jones on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 06:42 IP Logged
I finished reading your book last night with tears streaming down my face - the same reaction as many of your readers, I see. The final pages describing the ends of these lives were so moving in your eloquent and beautiful writing. In my opinion you have not just written a book but have created a work of art. I truly look forward to reading more of your work. I am one reader who thinks the jacket photograph is absolutely perfect in composition and especially in what you see in the two men's faces. Is there any way to purchase a copy of this picture? Santa Anita racetrack has always been a special place for me since my dad started taking me there when I was 12. Next time I go I know it will be even more so after reading your book. Thank you so much. I would be happy to hear from you if you have any time to reply. Best wishes, Kerry Jones

Comments by Donal O'Mahony on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 06:28 IP Logged
Laura,I doubt I have or will ever again read a book as exceptionally researched and eloquently delivered as yours.It is an inspirational read, with the race sequences amongst the most enthralling tracts of literature I have come across anywhere.I hope you are receiving the rewards this Herculean effort richly deserves.....P.S. couldnt agree more about the crassness of the Shirley Temple vehicle, and why o'why did she and her father/trainer have to be Oirish ??!!
Dublin, Ireland

Comments by greg gilbert on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 04:48 IP Logged
Dear Laura, What a wonderful read. I am not into horses, or racing but heard from friends about your book. Like others, I wanted it to go on and on. I can't wait for the movie. Are you aware of the typo (wrong verb tense) on page 305? "Sandy Graham, throw (thrown) from a horse...." I was not aware of your work on behalf of Tom Smith to get him into the hall of fame-long overdue. Congratulations on a wonderful book and I hope you find another subject to tell us about. greg gilbert
Bainbridge Island , WA USA

Comments by Andrew Gillespie on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
It is Sunday morning and I just finished reading this treasure. I had hoped the story could go on forever. Thank you for timeless tale of heart
Los Angeles, Ca USA

Comments by John Nizlek on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
Laura, Thanks for a wonderful and moving story. Your research was extensive and very professional. Thanks also for your help in finally getting Tom Smith into the Hall of Fame. While I know it will be difficult to duplicate the book on the screen I wish you the best. I am hoping to locate Seabiscuit's past performances and read the book again. I know they are at the Hall of Fame and the Form had them in around Derby time. I am looking forward to more of your work. Good Luck with your health & Best wishes! All of the letters on this site are certainly a tribute to your ability and hard of the best racing stories ever written!! Thanks
Easton, CT USA

Comments by David Layman on Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 02:34 IP Logged
What a ride !! I do not ride or follow horse racing , I am still cheering Biscuit on !! write more books ! Thanks .
Cherry Valley, CA USA

Comments by Lisa Mohan-Ram on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 09:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am a former teacher at Grace Episcopal Day School where your nieces attended last year (I taught 6th Grade). After seeing your article in the Washington Post, my husband bought Seabiscuit as a surprise for me. I've just finished reading it and can't wait for my husband and other family members to read it. There were lots of key passages read through tears on the metro! Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. Dick Francis is coming to Mystery Books in Dupont Circle in September--and I'm going to ask him if he's read your book! Have a great summer and thanks once again for such an inspirational story.--Lisa
Washington, D.C. USA

Comments by Maria Di Pasquale on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 04:44 IP Logged
Thank you very much for a wonderful book. I learned so much and the story moved me deeply. Congratulations on a job well done.
Arlington, VA USA

Comments by kent gilmore on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 04:05 IP Logged
Congratulations on a superlative achievement. The most emotionally charged and engrossing book I have read in along time.I ride, train, and breed dressage horses so it was unigue to see the word in print in your book. I grew up in San Francisco and the south peninsula where much of the history of Seabiscuit took place as, of course, you know. The great horse Pharlap died on my family's propery. You may have come across the name of my uncle, Bill Gilmore, in you research of Tanfaran Racetrack. Call me at 805-237-9892. I would like to meet you and discuss a novel I am working on currently. I think you would enjoy visiting the ranch and exchanging some historical information Kent Gilmore
paso robles, ca USA

Comments by Harry D. Frick III on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 03:03 IP Logged
Laura: Your book "Seabiscuit: An American Legend" was marvelous. I'm an American history teacher and usually read only political, economic, and military history. However, the jacket cover of "Seabiscuit" caught my attention and I started reading. I couldn't put the book down. Thank you for telling an extraordinary, unforgettable story. You had me in the palm of your hand. Harry Frick
Culver, IN USA

Comments by Ed Richardson on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at 02:16 IP Logged
You wrote a wonderful book. Could'nt put it down. Now for the movie: I nominate Bridges as Howard, Hackman as Smith, and Duval as Pollard.
Indianapolis, IN USA

Comments by jann gath on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 07:32 IP Logged
as a long time racehorse owner/breeder i want to thank you for the best read i've had in a long while! cheers to you for giving this wonderful story life & credit to all those involved. i didn't want the book to end & cried at the bittersweet ending.i cannot wait to see the movie & found myself 'casting' it as i read along! i'm always pleased when a four legger gets the headlines! thanx again for this great pleasure!
long beach, ca USA

Comments by Cindy Scanlan on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 07:21 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading your book and I immediately went to the jacket to look for a way to contact you. I laughed and cried and learned so much about that period of our history. Thank you for bring Seabiscuit back to life in such a wonderful story. I can'rt wait for the movie. Forget about finding actors to play Howard, Smith, Pollard, and Woolf. Who's going to play "The Biscuit"?
Osterville, MA USA

Comments by Cindy Scanlan on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 07:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished your book and immediately went to the jacket to find a way to get in touch with you. I laughed, I cried, and I learned so much about life in the 30's. Thank you for bringing Seabiscuit back to life. Forget worrying about who will play Howard, Smith, Pollard, and Woolf in the movie. Who's going to play "The Bisquit"?
Osterville, MA USA

Comments by Bobby Lillis on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 06:16 IP Logged
The 12th Annual Thoroughbred Charities of America Ltd. Stallion Season & Sporting Art Auction, will be held on December 1, 2001 at Candyland Farm in Middletown DE. Over the past eleven years, the TCA, an affiliate of NTRA Charities, has distributed more than $5-million in grants to non-profit organizations that work toward making a better life for Thoroughbreds. The grantees range from large well-established research hospitals to the unsung hero's who work tirelessly and often without recognition to facilitate rescue and retirement of our equine friends that have lived beyond their racing careers. Would you be interested in donating an autographed by you, Sea Biscut book to this honorable cause? Your book and contribution would get enormous exposure and would fit well at this affair. If you would like to entertain this idea, please call me, Bobby Lillis, at 410-265-6843 my e-mail address is, or Wendy Moon at: Thoroughbred Charities of America 1343 Bohemia Mill Road Middletown, DE 19709 (302)378-7192. Visit their website at . Respectfully yours, Bobby Lillis Benefits Coordinator Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Fund, Inc.
Baltimore, Md USA

Comments by Gene Sumi on Friday, August 10, 2001 at 05:55 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: I received a copy of your book from your father. He knew I grew up in Southern California and was familiar with Seabiscuit and the racetracks in the area. Your father has a reason to be proud of your work. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, not only because of the wonderful story of this remarkable racehorse and the very remarkable people who were a part of his story. I wanted to tell you that I think you are a excellent writer and the way you told this story was a great as the story itself. As an American of Japanese descent, I wanted to tell you that my family was interned at Santa Anita racetrack assembly center for a year prior to their wartime relocation to a camp in Poston, Arizona. My parents would tell me stories about life in the assembly center and about having to pass the statue of Seabiscuit on their way to the mess hall for meals. I also remember a game I had as a kid, a carboard racing game with a needle that you would spin and if it landed on a specific racehorse's color, you could advance your carboard racehorse. I remember that this is where I first learned of the great racehorses like Whirlaway, War Admiral and Seabiscuit. Seabiscuit was may favorite. Again, I think you richly deserve your place on the New York Times Bestseller list. You accomplish a rare feat - a great story written by a great writer. I look forward to reading your other works.
Beltsville, MD USA

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