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Comments by Gary Eagling on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 05:25 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thank you for evoking emotions I thought I had lost somewhere in becoming an adult. Seabiscuit was all heart and spirit. I just bought a second copy for my father who was a trainer in the 40s and 50s. I hope that someday someone with your literary skills and caring insight will focus on the darkly bizarre and medieval treatment of mares and their foals in the making of Premarin until they finally meet with a bitter end when they can no longer produce. Thankfully the Texas horse slaughter houses are finally getting national attention on the big news networks. Keep up the good work, Laura. Your book has given us hope.
Ocean City, Md USA

Comments by Christine Arthur on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 04:04 IP Logged
From one who has had a life-long passion for good horses and good books - thank you for a wonderful, beautifully written story - you made me feel like I was right there on the track with Seabiscuit - congratulations on your perserverance to share this story with all of us & on your success - it is extremely well deserved!
Silver Spring, MD USA

Comments by Angelo E. Quaranta on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 02:42 IP Logged
I have just finished reading "Seabiscuit". I thoroughly enjoyed each and every page. Your descriptions of Smith's battles with the press for privacy are priceless. Great work!
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Comments by Sally Cruikshank on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 01:46 IP Logged
I absolutely loved this book and got very teary eyed when it was over, even though SeaBiscuit had a nice retirement(though short). I own and ride two horses. Such beautiful, carefully researched writing. WONDERFUL! Congratulations. Sally Cruikshank
Northridge, CA USA

Comments by annette kroger on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 01:39 IP Logged
Laura, what a FANTASTIC story; it's one of the top books I've read. What a horse!! A dressage rider.
mayfield hts., oh USA

Comments by Cary Krosinsky on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 00:45 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderful book. Hopefully, someone in racing will recognize your talents and get you involved further in promotion somehow. How about a PBS series on the Greatest Races in History?
Guilford, CT USA

Comments by Cathy Girard on Friday, April 27, 2001 at 00:33 IP Logged
I loved your book! My father grew up on the poor side of the depression, helping his mother support a fatherless family of five by selling her homemade pies from the inside of a his toy wagon,pulling it up and down the streets as he sold them door-to-door. He was 8. Seabiscuit became his horse to love and revere for his lifetime. The little underdog horse that could do it time and time again. It was a quality he prized in his friends and his family. Thank you so much for bringing Seabiscuit, and daddy, back into our lives!
Manchester, CT USA

Comments by Dr. Marshall H. Cossman on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
I recall, as a child, of perhaps 10, seeing the movie "The Story of Seabiscuit." Whether it was good or bad, it made an impression on me. That name was one I always recalled with other well-known horses,ie. Man O'War (which I did not know was related.) I read this book because my wife saw you interviewed on TV not long ago and borrowed the book from the library. I just finished it today (she hasn't had a chance to read it yet; I know she will. I found the book to be engrossing. Well-written, it brought the personalities involved to life for me. Most of them were unfamiliar to me intially. Thanks to your writing, they are no longer strangers. Thanks
Flint, MI USA

Comments by Joy D. Cox on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
In a message dated 04/25/2001 7:52:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, DBrowsky writes: << Tell me....what is the tape you are listening to that I HAVE to buy right away???? >> SEABISCUIT GOOSEBUMPS, CHILLS, AND MANY TEARS WHILE LISTENING. It is probably the best horse book I have ever listened to and is definitely the most well written. Plus, it is a TRUE story.(Why oh why was it Abridged. Of all the books I have listened to this one deserved to be UNABRIDGED) So many things I could relate to. I get teary just thinking about it. They are going to make a movie (I can see Clint Eastwood as Tom Smith the trainer). I also bought the book so I can look at the pictures. Will someday read the book since the tape is abridged.... I just hate that..... Am going to try and find an unabridged copy. Will contact the publishers if I have to. This will be Christmas presents for a lot of folks this year. You deserve all the awards and cudos that I am sure you will receive. I will re-read this book many times in the time I have left. Thank you for all you have done for the history and future of the horse racing industry. Joy D. Cox
Morriston, Fl USA

Comments by jeffrey m rubin on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 08:13 IP Logged
dear ms. hillenbrand: i greatly enjoyed reading your book. it gave me new insight into the racing game. i was especially intrigued with the number of races that seabiscuit ran. is it possible to e-mail me a copy of hhis racing form containing all of his races, or have it published on the website. it would be extremely interesting to view his complete record with times , distances, competition, speed rating, etc. thanks again for writing such an interesting book.
new york, ny USA

Comments by jeff corbett on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 08:10 IP Logged
This book rocks! Please make a film that does your book and Seabiscuit justice. If you need a 170lb. actor to play Pollard, I'm your guy. Kudos and many thanks for one of the best "reads" in quite some time.

Comments by Dan Arrighi on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 04:07 IP Logged
I was one of the seventy odd thousand fans sitting in the grandstand for the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. I was nine years old and had seen every Santa Anita Handicap up to that time. My Uncle was a great horse fan and a typical two dollar bettor. One thing that I thought occurred on that day was that Charles Howard had declared to win with Seabiscuit and that the track announcer, Joe Hernandez, stated this to the crowd as Seabiscuit and Kayak were on the track. This declaration led to the speculation that Kayak actually could have won the race, but Jockey Buddy Haas had instructions to let Seabiscuit win. I hope I didn't dream this, as I have fervently believed I heard Hernandez make this announcement. Anyway, your book was terrific, and without a doubt, the best race horse book that I have read. I hope that the movie version comes across as well as your book.
Washington, Ut USA

Comments by greg manning on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 03:15 IP Logged
A brilliant book, a wonderful book -- I'd stopped riding but I have to get back on a horse, just to enhance my mind's images of this entrancing story. Did I add beautifully written? I'm grateful to you for writing a book so compelling that it instantly ranks with the finest I've read -- I imagine this will be true for the millions of readers who are certain to consume this book, and dream of it for years afterward. Best of luck with the movie - your artistic sense of this story is so strong, I already cannot wait to see the film. This book is a gift to our time.
new york, ny USA

Comments by Richard Bauer on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 02:54 IP Logged
I can only echo the glowing comments that your book is receiving. My first trip to a racetrack was to Santa Anita as a teenager in the late 50's. I recall that we would park in the lot on the north side of the track off Colorado Place. You went under the backstretch via a tunnel, came up in the infield, and then went on to a 2nd tunnel under the homestretch that led to the grandstand area. We learned that the entrance gate was opened 5 minutes early on that side of the track and if we ran like hell we could get to the grandstand before the people who came in through the regular gates. Choice seats every time! My grandmother was very annoyed that I was into horse racing and betting and gave me a pretty good lecture about its evils and how my grandfather (depression era) once traveled from Philadelphia to Baltimore and lost his paycheck betting on a big horse race. It's my guess that he bet on War Admiral! My favorite was Ruffian. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried the day she broke down.
Irvine, CA USA

Comments by geoff smith on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 02:19 IP Logged
The guys taking my orders for medieval textbooks at the History Book Club for the past 25 years must have been startled when I ordered a book about a horse. But I remeber the Biscuit and yours is a magnificent, moving and exciting book. A friend called to talk about my skiing accident - the broken humerus; I wanted to tout Seabiscuit. It was just damn brilliant, and I suspect that, like me, most of your readers never gave a rat's ass about racing. Until now. Thanks. gs
Redmond, wa USA

Comments by David Zeoli on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 00:51 IP Logged
The book was simply a masterpiece. I encouraged two of my friends to purchase it. Have you ever considered directing a project about thoroughbred racing similar to the miniseries about baseball and the civil war by Ken Burns? Best wishes. By the way, who do you like in the Derby?
Greensburg, PA USA

Comments by Bill Durham on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 00:47 IP Logged
I can't comment on the book yet, because I just picked up my copy yesterday. However, I was driving from Austin to San Antonio when I heard your interview on NPR. As I drove into San Antonio I was losing the station, and desperately toggled from 90.5 down to 90.3 then up to 90.7, so that I could hear the end. When I got home that night I found the interview on the NPR website and listened again. I told several people about the interview too, and two of them have purchased the book. I'm also excited, because I would bet the world that my grandfather knew the folks involved. He worked at Santa Anita during this time period. He was an amazing horseman--a cowboy by training, he trained thoroughbreds for racing, trained quarter horses and was a quarter horse jockey, played polo, rode in all categories of English--hunter/jumper, dressage, etc. He also was a stuntman in the early 30's, and worked for a while as a riding instructor at Griffith Park, where he was Clark Gable's riding teacher, as documented in Liberty magazine and several Gable biographies. He was a farrier, drove a stagecoach in the 1939 World's Fair, and was known to jump while riding four horses--one leg on each of the inner two! The most amazing horseman I've ever known. I can't wait to read the book! Bill Durham P.S. I noticed a typo in the NPR review on your website--"it's" instead of "its."
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Julie Smith on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 00:18 IP Logged
While in the process of reading your marvelous book about Seabiscuit, it occurs to me that you would be the perfect person to write the definitive book about my all-time favorite athlete, Secretariat. I will remain hopeful.
Lexington, VA USA

Comments by Lee Mitchell on Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 00:10 IP Logged
I just finished reading SEABISCUIT - read the last chapters on 3 hours sleep, it was so well told! I am a 70 year old female that lived as a teenager in the shadow of Santa Anita and never went to the track until I retired! I became enamored with Silver Charm and joined his fan club, took photos of him in the paddock and also did some charcoal-pencil drawings of him. I hope you will add the story of Silver Charm to your endeavors! Bravo SEABISCUIT and the men and women who shared him with us.
Upland, CA USA

Comments by Lynn Coffey on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 09:41 IP Logged
I visited Santa Anita many times as a child and well remember the statues of Seabiscuit and George Wolff. Thank you for your wonderful book that so poignantly brings those great individuals back to life. I have read dozens of horse racing books in my life, but for the first time I feel I really know the jockeys, owners and trainers of America's greatest sport. Thank you most of all for giving the gallant Seabiscuit his due. You deserve to win both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award!
Norfolk, VA USA

Comments by Caitlin Rooney on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 08:59 IP Logged
HI my name is Cate i live in maryland i've just started the book and it is fanominal the way i got the book was i'm doing a book report i love the book and have read a hundred pages in just two days i was wondering if you could come and visit my school everyone loves authors to come and talk and everyone would love you even if you didn't know they front end of horse from the back e-mail me back if you can cate
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by JACK LOWREY on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 08:08 IP Logged
Hello Linda. I just got back from driving to Atlanta and "listened" to your book the entire trip. It was wonderful, though I missed seeing any pictures of the characters (and Seabiscuits head was not on the cover of the tape box). When I was a young kid in the 1960's my family would travel to large state fairs in the midwest, and my favorite game on the "midway" was the horserace game (which was a pinball game for about 20 people) and each station was named after a famous racehorse. I always sat at the seabiscuit station when i played. I cant get over the jealousy that Dick schapp and Tony Kornheiser have toward you for the success of the book. Do you know why? Lastly, do you know where we can try to buy any seabiscuit collectables ? Thanks, JL
pensacola, fl USA

Comments by Irene Crady on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 05:52 IP Logged
This book was a pleasure to read - sorry it ended. Why was Seabiscuit's head not on the cover? Totally except for the cover an enthralling read.
Covelo, CA USA

Comments by Gary B. Smith on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 05:42 IP Logged
Laura, fantastic book! Look for a mention in my column of 4/25/01 at (The same column appears a day later at Well done.
Bethesda, MD USA

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