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Comments by Susan McIntosh on Wednesday, September 05, 2001 at 00:33 IP Logged
As a former racehorse owner and breeder and growing up being able to recite all the winners of the Kentucky Derby since Regret...and an avid reader and student of pedigree and history of the Thoroughbred...There are no words to express my admiration of the job you have done in presenting Seabiscuit to the 21st century. I absolutely could not put this book down...and I have not felt this way about a book...any a long time! Well done!!
Voorhees, NJ USA

Comments by Lindy Woodhead on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 08:37 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, Firstly, may I say how much I loved your book. Fun, clever, exciting, well researched. All in all, quite brilliant. I too am an author. I am completing a biography to be published in the first instance here in England by Virago (a division of Little,Brown) lat 2002. U.S. sales will hopefully follow. My book, tracing the life and times of Miss Elizabeth Arden and Madame Rubinstein and their remarkable achievement in creating the modern, luxury beauty business, is titled WAR PAINT. In the course of my three years of research I have been lucky enough to have been gifted over 30 years of Miss Arden's private correspondence. In these fascinating letters she makes lots of reference to her horses, to "Silent" Tom Smith and to his son Jimmy. I noted from SEABISCUIT that you are consulting on the film. It would give me great pleasure to make my correspondence available to you in relation to "Silent" if it would be of help and assistance. He trained for Arden (Mrs Graham) three times. Firstly, between 1945 - 1948 and of course won the Derby for her with JET PILOT, again a couple of years later, and once more in the fifties before he died. His son also worked for her. So, I would enjoy hearing from you and at any event, may I say if my own biography is half as successful as yours in hitting the right spot in 20th century social history then I will be a happy writer. P.S. Phyllis at Keeneland is a star I might add, the library there has been awesomely helpful. Best regards, Lindy Woodhead
London, England

Comments by Lily G. Casura on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I came across an article about you on CNN tonight when I was doing some late night article research for something I'm writing. I can't wait to pick up the book. I wanted to let you know, as a fellow journalist and ex-chronic fatiguer, that I have written a book (journalism, not autobiography! :-) about natural medicine and chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It's called "Gentle Medicine: Treating Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Successfully with Natural Medicine," and is available from and from Amazon. It's been getting great reviews, and it's specifically intended to be for people who are really serious about figuring out what they can do to get better. It doesn't push any one approach, but takes a good look at everything that is likely to have potential. I do not miss the bad old days with chronic fatigue at all; I can relate that vertigo and losing short term memory and ability to be articulate (so key to a writer) were some of the very worst aspects of it. I will keep you on my heart--I am thoroughly impressed that you did such a fabulous job WHILE you were sick. Good for you! I hope only the best comes out of this for you. Sincerely, Lily G. Casura
Bellevue, WA USA

Comments by Don Holifield on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 01:43 IP Logged
Absolutly incredible I can't remember a book that I sat town and read cover to cover as this one truly a remarkable literary work. I saw your interview on Good Morning America and you are to be admired for this accomlishment and over coming your disability!!!! Regards, Don Holifield
Houston , Tx USA

Comments by Ed Snyder on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 01:28 IP Logged
Thank you, thank you for a truly superb and poignant book. I am not a racing fan as such but this book lived for me. The wealth of detail is truly outstanding. I had heard about it but the article on you in the Washington Post piqued my interest. What if I had missed it!
Bethesda, MD USA

Comments by Ann Keenan on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 at 00:19 IP Logged
My sister gave me your book and said that I must read it. I told her I had heard about it and had seen you on TV talking about it - but I wasn't really into horses. She said it didn't matter if I was in to horses or not and was so insistent that I read it! Well, I read it in a day - I couldn't put it down. I now tell everyone that they must read your book. It was so wonderfully written - I could go on and on. Thank you for writing it - hopefully you'll write another book someday.
Minneapolis, MN USA

Comments by Naomi Singer on Monday, September 03, 2001 at 09:48 IP Logged
I read your book from cover to cover in one setting because I couldn't put it down. What a wonderful story. Being a school administrator, I am always looking for a story that that takes me away from my everyday work. This is the best book I have read in a long time. Thank you!
Petoskey, MI USA

Comments by Bill Jackson on Monday, September 03, 2001 at 08:13 IP Logged
Laura, I just finished reading the book. Outstanding! I loved every page and will probably read it again. I am an avid thoroughbred fan and live in Louisville, KY, home to The Kentucky Derby. I have heard about and read about other great champions, but Seabiscuit tops them all. It is about time that everyone knows the real Seabiscuit. This book has solidified my existing admiration for thoroughbred racing and has instilled in me a lifelong interest in these fine creatures. My curiosity has now been peaked in the history of the sport, much, of which you have shown me in your book. I love the book and the web site. One day before I die I would love to visit Santa Anita Racetrack and lay my eyes on the bronze statue of Seabiscuit that Charles Howard placed there. Thanks again! Go Biscuit! Bill Jackson Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY USA

Comments by Crystal Weber on Monday, September 03, 2001 at 02:29 IP Logged
Laura, I have always been a life long fan of horse racing, but it has waned as I've gotten older (If you can call 39 older). I've been a lifelong fan of Man O War and have read everything I could on him. I became a avid race watcher when Secretariat was racing. I always thought that the greatest was Man O War with Secretariat a close second. I see now that his grandson Seabiscuit is as great if not greater than him. Wouldn't that have been something to see the three of them in a race together? With your wonderful writing of this book you have once again peaked my interest in the horse racing world. Thank you for the wonderful book. I bought the book in an airport gift shop and you kept me entertained and fasinated for the whole trip. It is great to once again read about one of the greatest horses of the century. How about the same type of book for Secretariat and Man O War? Thanks Again for the great read!!!
Edwall, WA USA

Comments by Glenn Miller on Monday, September 03, 2001 at 00:24 IP Logged
Laura, I first saw the article you wrote in American Heritage, that got my interest. I became intriqued with the most unlikely kind of horse being such an extraordinary and quirky champion. As I read your book and your description of Sea Biscuit and the people around him, I felt an intimate connection into that world. Now I'm interested in everything about horseracing, and also interested in any other book concerning unusual horses and their personalities. I came across a piece of artwork that I've owned for several years. It's an etching of an unusual looking horse, knowing soemtyhing about the artist, it's likely it was done in the '30's. I would like to believe it's a portrait of Sea Biscuit. Although I have no way of proving this. I lived for a long period in New Orleans, and had the opprtunity to attend the Universwity of New Orleans, where I took courses with Steven Ambrose. Steven has helped me find information about my father's involvement in WWII. I definately think Steven was right in the things he said endorsing your book. Congratulations, Yours, Glenn Miller
Ocean Springs, MS USA

Comments by Susan Joiner on Monday, September 03, 2001 at 00:09 IP Logged
Laura, My boyfriend saw you on GMA the other day and immediately went to the library to get your book for me. I was so enthralled that I kept telling him bits and pieces of the story. He got caught up in it too and even asked me to read to him about Seabiscuit while he was taking a shower! I, like so many of your other fans, couldn't put it down but then quit reading for part of a day because I didn't want it to end. I still can't stop thinking about Seabiscuit, Smith, Pollard, Howard, and Woolf. What a beautifully written book and sweet story. I laughed and cried through the whole thing. Just thinking about how those guys believed in and loved that horse makes me want to "tune up" and cry again! Thank you for all your hard work in bringing this story to us! Bravo!!! Here's hoping the movie will do your book and Seabiscuit justice.
Rapid City, SD USA

Comments by Nancy Boyajy on Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 07:17 IP Logged
Laura: I just finished reading Seabiscuit, and simply wish to thank you for one of the most moving, emotionally wrenching books I've read in ages. Your research, writing skill, and sensitivity to your subjects all contributed toward making this a magical reading experience for me. I'm a college writing teacher, former horse owner and trainer, and am rarely this touched by a book. I literally had tears streaming down my face while reading it. Beautifully written! Thank you!
Morris Plains, NJ USA

Comments by Peter E. Dans on Sunday, September 02, 2001 at 05:23 IP Logged
It's rare that I find a book hard to put down and regret finishing it. Yours was one. You told a wonderful story extraordinarily well. FYI You may have already caught them but as a former medical editor and writer, I thought I'd call to your attention two typos for your publisher to correct before the next edition: P 221 Line 19 "auto ace" should be "auto race"; and somewhere before that page there is a "reign" rather than "rein". Neither will be caught by your publisher's spell check. Congratulations again. As the "Physician at the Movies" reviewer for a medical journal, I look forward to the upcoming movie as well as your next book.
Cockeysville, MD USA

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.

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!

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

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

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