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Comments by DAN prasil on Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 01:47 IP Logged
Laura: Currently reading your book on Seabiscuit. I love the story so much that I don't want the book to end. During my travels across the US been telling people to read the book and wished they made a movie on Seabiscuit. Now I just found out thru your website that a movie is on its way. I can hardly wait. Thanks for the great story. When I was a young boy there was a horseracing game with all the famous race horses on it Citation, Whirlaway, War Admiral, Man of War, and my favorite Seabiscuit.
Scottsdale, Az USA

Comments by Phyllis Allen on Friday, August 17, 2001 at 07:30 IP Logged
Amazing book!!!! Since a small child after seeing the original movie on Seabiscuit i could not get this courageous little horse out of my mind.....Your book brought back so many memories, I felt like I ran every single race with him, and never really understood the racing world like you have brought to life in this book... I was spellbound from the beginning to the end.... Thankyou for so much love you poured into this book which I will treasure always....
Conroe, Tx USA

Comments by Debbie Stevens on Friday, August 17, 2001 at 05:12 IP Logged
I have been a racing fan for over 30 years and i have read alot of books etc. on the subject. Seabiscuit is by far the best one yet. I read another book on him called Come On Seabiscuit but this one is the best. He sure never got the attention from the horse people like he should have. Even now when they talk of the great ones his name is not often mentioned. Maybe this book will remedy that. Thanks for the best read ever.
Dansville, MI USA

Comments by Teece Pilcher on Friday, August 17, 2001 at 01:51 IP Logged
Ms.Hillenbrand, I really enjoyed your book. The last couple of chapters left me either with goosebumps or tears. The underhorse Seabiscuit so deserved his fame. I would love to have a poster of Seabiscuit. Is anything like that available? And/or even t shirts!! I've told the story to some of my friends and feel honored that I know it. I thank you. Teece Pilcher Loganville, Georgia/ Mohnton, Pa.
Mohnton, Pa USA

Comments by Katherine Peaslee on Friday, August 17, 2001 at 01:16 IP Logged
Laura: While visiting Santa Anita Park in 1964, I saw the large bronze statue of Seabiscuit at the entrance and wondered about it; nobody seemed to know who he was. Then, in 1999, a replica of that statue came to my hometown, Saratoga Springs, NY, and was erected in front of the National Racing Museum down the street from the race track -- and I again wondered about this horse. Now, you have answered all my questions and more . . . thank you for giving me such a vivid insight into the life of the brave little horse and the people who loved him and lived through the Depression era. I didn't want the book to be over -- what a magnificent biography! Seabiscuit apparently never got the recognition he earned, because after reading your book, I went to my "Field of Dreams" painting by Jennes Cortez, of the greatest racehorses of all time in a "dream" race at Saratoga, and was surprised to see War Admiral, but not Seabiscuit. I can't help but wonder if this isn't because Seabiscuit was a "westerner" -- and knowing the long-standing prejudice "easterners" have against them! I just ordered the Shirley Temple video of "Seabiscuit" and can't wait to see the film of the match race with War Admiral, as well as the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap.
Ballston Spa, NY USA

Comments by Pam Lord on Friday, August 17, 2001 at 00:48 IP Logged
Not since I was a little girl reading "Old Yella" have I felt so intimate with, and emotionally attached to the animal in the story. Even though I know practically nothing about thoroughbred racing, I devoured your book, reading late into the night for the solid week it took me to finish. My chocolate labrador was the lucky recipient of many hugs and kisses while reading your loving, brilliant descriptions of the Biscuit and his relationships with Howard, Smith, Pollard and Wolff. A lucky dog, albeit a weak substitute, indeed. I grieved as I read the final chapter. It was if his death had occurred today rather than 54 years ago. Thank you for your gifted story. Your eloquence allowed me to lose myself in another world for a time....
Farmington, NH USA

Comments by Jim McCann on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 09:49 IP Logged
As a native Kentuckian and with friends and family in the horse business there, I want to thank you for this exceptional book and what it has done for horses and racing. For myself, I find myself going back over and over to the three Hundred-Grand races and the Match Race... your eloquent descriptions of these continue to bring tears to my eyes... it is like being there - in that time and place - and feeling the same emotions that I'm sure the people of this country, both at the track and by the radio, felt at that time. Thank you for one of the best reads I've had in years.
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by Terrie Nelepovitz on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 09:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished reading your book. After being so emotionally moved by your piece I am compelled to share with you my experience. First-I was introduced to Seabiscuit by a piece aired on NPR. Thank you for that. Secondly, you had me from the start. This is such a piece of work, that I had to literally restrain myself from indulging through it all at once. I didn't want it to end, I was there with them and wanted it to go on and on. I found it difficult to be in one of his many races and not jump to the end of the chapter to see if he won and to make sure that he was ok-not hurt. This was such an enjoyable, emotional experience for me-it made my Summer. Unfortunately, it has left me wanting even more. I realize that you are working on a film-what is the progress on that? Estimated release dates? I really would like to view footage of Seabiscuit...is there any way possible? I read that you were able to view some in your credits...I can't thank you enough! I will continue to look for your future works and hope that they will be in line with other wonderful stories about our legends. Your long hard work certainly paid off in such a wonderful piece of history-what a tribute to all of those who were involved with Biscuit!
Clarksville, NH USA

Comments by Nancy Morgan on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 08:03 IP Logged
Reading this book was a very emotional experience for me. I loved every page. Seabiscuit was the greatest racehorse ever. I'm looking forward for the movie.
Weatherford, Tx USA

Comments by MaryBarbara McKay on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 07:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I finished your book yesterday crying through the last 2 chapters. I found myself choked-up reading earlier parts to my husband, and saw him react the same way. I have told everyone I've talked with to read the book. It is fabulous! I totally agree with all the praise other guests have written--everything from not being able to put the book down, to feeling as if I am sleeping in the stall with Seabiscuit, and to feeling I know Pollard, Smith, Howard and all the people of whom you so masterfully wrote. You truly have captured the FEEL of the Depression through the story of Seabiscuit. Thank you for the gift of this book--thank you for all the effort you put into writing it. I am 53 years old today. I had never heard of Seabiscuit until I read about your book in EQUUS Magazine. I have loved horses since I was 12, but always lived in cities, and never had one until my husband and I bought a 10 month old thoroughbred filly in January 1997. She is the granddaughter of Vaguely Noble. Later that year we bought a great grandson of Seattle Slew as a college graduation gift for our daughter. We now have 2 other mares, one is of the lineage of War Admiral and Man 'o War, and our little stud colt is great, great, great grandson of Bold Ruler. We love them and are so proud of them all! I could relate to so many thoroughbred horse-traits and needs as I read your book. You really KNOW YOUR HORSE! My mother was born and raised in Saratoge Springs, NY, and she and my father retired in the Bay Area--so many of the places you wrote of are so familiar to me. I know you are swamped with entries from people who've loved your book and are intertwining you into their horse experiences, so I will cease. Seabiscuit is a wonderful book. I know the movie will never do it justice--I have little respect for Hollywood and don't even own a TV--but I am anxious to see it anyway. Many thanks for a great book. I definitely will re-read it.
Pleasanton, KS USA

Comments by Dianne McLean on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 05:32 IP Logged
Kudos to Laura. Fiction couldn't have come up with a better cast of characters than Howard, Smith, Pollard, Wolff and, of course, Seabiscuit. I was riveted from the start and found it difficult to put the book down. As the typical American girl, I was passionate about horses and during the late 50's, early 60's avidly followed thoroughbred racing. Besides Man 'o War, my champion was a little colt called Carry Back. His jockey, Johnny Sellers was a favorite as was John Rotz. Your delightful story of horse racing along with the people who make it so special certainly brought back wonderful childhood memories. Thanks for bringing the Biscuit to life again.
Westminster, Md USA

Comments by mr. phil bledsoe on Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand, You have had many devoted fans send you so many thank you e-mails, that it only elevated my fondness and respect to one of todays brilliant writers who has opened my mind and heart to the art of horse racing. I had no knowledge of the past that involved so many magnificent characters. You deserve every praise that comes with such determination to research a monsterious task. We all owe you our deepest thanks to being so gifted. I am looking towards the horse races that are in my area, Santa Anita Park and Del Mar for starters. Lets all hope that your inspiration about Seabiscut and the men and women who basically gave their livelihood, continues to spread into everyones heart and the movie brings it all to life as you so brilliantly did in your writing of Seabiscut.I thank you,we all thank you, for being so kind and gifted in giving so much of your time along with your partners. Hope to meet you in person one day in Santa Monica,CA. for a book signing, hopefully! Until we might meet I toast you with a fine glass of my favorate red wine. God bless you
Santa Monica, CA USA

Comments by Andy Conn on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 08:38 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: There were tears in my eyes, along with Marcela Howard, as I absorbed your incredible word pictures of the victory of Seabiscuit over War Admiral -- right here up the street at "Old Hilltop." Since I was only three years old at the time of that race (and living then in Silver Spring, Maryland), and having never been a racing fan ( I have lived within walking distance of the Pimlico track for almost 40 years -- and have never yet been inside) -- I thererfore had no idea which of these famous (yes, I had of course heard their names) horses would win that contest. You made it so alive -- I felt I was there! And, among a zillion other nifty facts in your marvelous book, you taught me the origin of that nickname for this old track. I'd always assumed it was because Pimlico Racetrack stood at the top of the huge hill of Old Pimlico Road -- where each Preakness Day the local young men "borrow" carts from nearby supermarkets, and hire themselves out to assist patrons of the sport. These carts are hired to help with the transporting of those awesome quantities of beer up that fierce hill -- to be guzzled all that always-hot day in the infield. These racing fans then watch the rerun of the Preakness race on TV that evening -- to find out who won -- after they have rolled themselves down that big hill and somehow make it home. I want to join in with so many others in congratulating you on your incredible research, and on bringing so totally back to life all of those amazing characters -- two and four legged. And for giving me -- as I sat there enthralled and frequently moved to "shining eyes" on the sands of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware yesterday -- the best book I have ever read! THANK YOU !! Andy Conn Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by David S Snock Jr on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 03:46 IP Logged
Laura I am an avid fan of horseracing and reading your novel placed me into a time and an era that I truly could never see. It felt like I was riding right on top of the biscuit.I am wondering if you have ever visited race tracks such as Saratoga or Del Mar tracks that have enormous history and wonderful stories. Have you ever thought about writing about them? Thank you for a great read you have captured the minds of many horseplayers young and old. I am looking forward to you next writing adventure. David
Las vegas, Nv USA

Comments by julie christiano on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 03:21 IP Logged
Ms.Hillenbrand, You have just made my summer. As a child over 30 years ago, I read about horses constantly and met Seabiscuit and friends through the book, "Come On Seabiscuit". I even started had a collection of articles and facts on him. As I got older, I still enjoyed learning about this special horse and the people who surrounded him. One of the first biographies that I read was one on Grantland Rice, who I had become familiar with through my childhood Seabiscuit interest. I am behind the times because I only recently learned of your book as I read the Times non-fiction list. My jaw dropped and I ran out to purchase the book. I sat in the parking lot of the Barnes and Noble store and began reading. I hugged your work to me as I realized what a treat was in store for me. Thank you so much for choosing these subjects and bringing them and their times to life so perfectly. Thank you for making this vibrant sport clear on every page through writing so strong and good that it can be inhaled. And thank you for giving me a companion piece/experience that I will cherish even more that a young horse crazy girl did "Come on, Seabiscuit". Julie Christiano
buffalo, ny USA

Comments by philip rynn on Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 01:37 IP Logged
Laura, this is an incredible book. The tears waited until I put the book down, but spoke for everything that you captured in this story: the history, the simplicity of the times, the real horsemanship...an era that my father often spoke about, but that I didn't understand as well as I do now. He saw Seabiscuit run as a young man, and it fed his racing passion, which he passed on to me. After 30 years of owning horses, and seeing the highs and lows on the track, you managed to bring me back to the things that I found romantic and seductive about this great sport, and these wonderful creatures. Thanks again, I will recommend this book to all of my friends, and though the upcoming movie will have the impossible task of meeting the images that we have conjured while reading this book, at least it will bring todays "pop culture" a glimpse of what American thoroughbred racing, and what this country was all about in its heyday.
pembroke pines, fl USA

Comments by pam burke on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 09:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura I just returned from my annual visit with my sister who had seen your book and , knowing my love of horses and racing bought if for me. What she failed to realize about the book is that it is also an excellent history and beautifully written. I didnt stop until I finished. Growing up in the forties Seabiscuit was always the horse that I pretended to be. My father, a horseman from birth, always said that Seabiscuit was the greatest. Your book explains how and why this horse captured the American imagination. Thank you.
Penacook, Nh USA

Comments by Sharon Manzo on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand - My husband and I were listening to NPR one Saturday morning on our way to the grocery store. You were being interviewed and clips from one of Seabiscuit's race was featured. We sat in the parking lot to hear the out come of the race. I decided at that time, I NEEDED your book. Highly recommending it, first because of the way it was written, secondly because of the story, I recommended it to my husband. He enjoyed the read as much as I. We would like to ask if we may mail our copy to you, including a self-addressed, stamped envelop, will you sign and return it to us. We have a small collection of auto- graphed books by William Bennett, Homer Hickam, Anna Smucker, Denise Giardina, to name a few. You may reach me at my e-mail address. We very much enjoyed loving an American legend through your eyes.
Athens, wv USA

Comments by Christopher Guerriero on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 04:58 IP Logged
My father, who neither follows racehorsing nor reads frequently, passed your book to me during a recent visit that I made back home, raving about it. I have never in my life paid attention to horse racing, but it was the first time that my father had ever recommended me a book, so I just had to see what it was about. Your book is a miracle. I read a great deal, but only rarely have I found myself so engrossed that I literally did not want to put the book down. You have crafted a true treasure, there is no other way to describe it. I will now await the movie with great expectation, but I will be awaiting your next piece even more eagerly. Thank you for a truly remarkable book.
Santiago, RM Chile

Comments by Michael Sloma on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 03:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Today is August 14, 2001 and I just finished reading Seabiscuit. I truly enjoyed reading about this wonderful racehorse and the interesting people that were a part of his life. I believe that Tom Smith was truly the inspiration that Seabiscuit needed in life. Also, page 88 of your book was by far, the greatest piece of writing that I have read in my life. Finally, thank you for all of the hard work that you put into this book. I am a fan for life. Regards, Mike
Lewiston, NY USA

Comments by Pam Miller on Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
My dad read this book and said it was great and gave it to me, since I love horseracing. That my dad, who from time to time questioned my love of horses, gave me the book I read the jacket and sat down and strated reading one of the greatest books ever. Your style of writing made the whole story come alive and I felt like I was there. In the barn, looking out at the rain and hating it. My fahter and I have shared a couple of discussions over the book, including my silly call when Seabisquit won the hundergrander. It was exciting and I thank you for you brilliant piece of work. My dad says thanks too!
Arlington Hts, IL USA

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

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