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Comments by Ben Clifford on Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 01:17 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand As we all know, racing is all about challenge, guts, determination and above all the almost certainty that your efforts will yield few rewards. It is all about the love of the sport. When you say during the finale of your wonderful story that as long as people felt anything towards racing Santa Anita would remain, my thoughts went out to all those owners who continue to feed this most wonderful dream. The dream which you recounted was lived out by only a few but the dream is lived everyday by the rest of us. As long as the likes of the characters you so beautifully described still exist, the dream will live on. I cried with joy. I cried with excitement. I cried with elation. I cried with sadness. I just cried. Your work I hope will keep the dream of our beautiful sport alive. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time in America but my most heartfelt congratulations go out to you on a piece of wonder. Thank you Ms Hillenbrand.
London, UK

Comments by Tim Entry on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 04:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Throughout my reading of Seabiscuit, I was completely enthralled by the style in which you wrote it as well as how you were able to piece together the backgrounds of the various characters. It is rare that one can get a picture of another person's life from beginning to end. It seems similar to viewing the earth from the vastness of outerspace. Your writing was profound in describing the synergistic effect of man, trainer, owner, and horse. Specifically, I thought it was eloquent when you described how Seabiscuit, through the training and riding of men, was abel to win a race he could not otherwise have won on his own. In the same vein, you remarkable how you detailed how man and horse borrowed something from the other that each desperately desired. But more than this, I saw the hand of God in the lives of the main charachters, because each received a second chance. God has given you a great talent and orchestrated things in your life just as He did in your subjects. Thank you for your work and your book.
Vail, AZ USA

Comments by Anchen Texer on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 02:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Never have I been so impressed by a book. This is definitely one of the few books I would recommend to anyone for a good read, no matter their preference for horses. I am blown away the way you intermingle the facts in such a way that makes them fit perfectly, making every paragraph refreshing and full. I couldn’t read this book at one go because it was simply too full of information – sights, sounds, nuances that needed to be mulled over, considered for their entire content. When I was reading the book, I could hardly tear myself away for my regular duties (not an uncommon experience, yet the feeling was so strong for this one!). I am so happy that there is finally a new book out that is worth the time to read, much less the time it took to write it. I am grateful there are still truly gifted writers who show everyone else the way writing should be. Thank you, and everyone that helped you, for your remarkable book, on a subject I would never have considered reading about. For a long time to come, I will hold all other books up to the standard of yours. Sincerely, Anchen Texter
Eugene, OR USA

Comments by M. Bermann on Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
Simply outstanding writing; deft and powerful without any mawkishness. I hope the author does not limit her talents to horses.
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Comments by Barbara Diskin on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 09:54 IP Logged
I am not a fan of horseracing and read the book only because my college-age son insisted that I would love it. I couldn't put it down, falling hopelessly in love with Seabiscuit and all the main characters in the book. You provided a unique insight into a sport about which I knew very little. I have chosen "Seabiscuit, An American Legend" as my pick for our couples book club. We will meet in mid-November to discuss it. You have an open invitation to join us and share your wealth of information about this legendary horse. Thanks again for a super read!
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by Judy Cowling on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 08:51 IP Logged
Stayed up late into the night finishing your incredible book...thank you for telling such an inspiring story in such an exciting way. You had me on the edge of my seat the entire story. I am 41 years old and the story was a bit ahead of my time. Again, thank you for telling such a poignant story of heroes, dedication, heart, perserverance, triumphs, and love. You are quite a storyteller...and now Seabiscuit will live on through me.
Va.Beach, VA USA

Comments by Emilie Severin on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 07:45 IP Logged
709 North Cherry Street Alpine, Texas 79830 September 10, 2001 Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Your magnificent SEABISCUIT needs no more encomiums even if I could write one to do it justice. It puts you in the first rank of non-fiction writers, perhaps at the very top of the list. I congratulate you for a magnificent achievement and I thank you for giving me a rich and rare reading experience. I was eight years old when Seabiscuit beat War Admiral and a few years later given a book with full page portraits of the great horses of that quarter century. So the mere title of your book gave me pleasure and revived memories of my horse-crazy childhood playing jockey on our cowponies. You must have spent some time horseback and probably bareback; otherwise, how could you write with such empathy about the wondrous ways of horses? Yours is the first book I've ever read straight through and immediately read straight through again. Now I've read it a third time without loss of excitement and again moved to tears at its most moving parts. Yet you never descended into sentimentality. Even your "acknowledgments" was - is - a delight. Thank you again and again. Sincerely yours, Emilie B. Severin

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 03:36 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Please join me in praying for all the people who died and were injured today in New York, Pennsylvania, and here in Washington.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Sally Harned on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 09:20 IP Logged
Thank you so much for a thoroughly entertaining story. I don't know if I can add anything that hasn't already been said, but his story really touched me, and I can't wait for the movie. Thanks again. Sally Harned
Cape May Court House, nj USA

Comments by Karen McLain on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 08:22 IP Logged
What a wonderful book! If you would like to write a children's version, I would love to illustrate it! I ask everyone I talk to if they have read the book, and if they haven't they will soon. My vet told me about it, and I've told my freinds at the stable. I would love to see some of the original footage of the races. Thanks for a great book!
Tempe, AZ USA

Comments by Dan M. Cliffe on Monday, September 10, 2001 at 07:09 IP Logged
I enjoyed the book as much as anything I have ever read. I found myself sharing several parts of the story with my wife, even shen she was reading anotehr book. The way you humanized Seabiscuit pulled me into his story and captivated me, even though I was not a racing fan at that time. Now I am a big fan. Understanding these magnificent creatures and having an understanding of their competitive drive has been a very pleasant awakening for me. Keep up the good work.
New Orleans, LA United States of America

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

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

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?

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, 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

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