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Comments by Deborah Thomas on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 08:33 IP Logged
Dear Laura - I bought your book months ago and waited until I had time to read your wonderful story. I had given it to my mother to read and she loved it. I read it on a lake in Canada during vacation. It was awesome! I galloped horses many years ago in Maryland. It brought back memories of the shear joy from a racehorse. I thank you for a terrific story. I look forward to the next book - hope for Native Dancer... All the best, Debbie.
New Windsor, MD USA

Comments by Joanna on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 05:53 IP Logged
I just finished the book about an hour ago, and saw the website posted w/in your bio. I first heard about the book when I read a review in Business Week. I've always enjoyed horse racing, but the review piqued my interest more than usual and I found myself in the bookstore the very next day. What a wonderful read! I laughed and cried, and was completely drawn in to the story of "the little horse that could." I was fascinated by the industry insights, the history behind the men & women in Seabiscuit's life, and the anecdotes illustrating the varied personalities of race horses. Thank you for sharing Seabiscuit's amazing story, and best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by April on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 01:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading Seabiscuit last night and I absolutely loved the book and thought it to be better in comparison to books on other racehorses. I thought the story was well told and you did an amazing job those four years you researched and I would like to temendously thank you for writing this book like people people for me to read. Also to let you know your book is a favorite among people at my stable as I've noticed them owning a copy of the same book there to read. Thanks again and I was wondering if anyone could tell me some other horse books you have ridden so I can go buy them? Thanks and Good JOb
USA

Comments by Jack Hall on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 01:06 IP Logged
Lauren, Thank you for this wonderful piece of journalism. Your research and love for this dying sport resulted in one of the best books I've ever read. All the best and thank you
Flushing, ny USA

Comments by Karen Lorimer on Sunday, August 26, 2001 at 00:08 IP Logged
I just finished reading Seabiscuit about five minutes ago and found your website. I first fell in love with the Seabiscuit story over 30 years ago when I purchased a little paperback book called, "Come On Seabiscuit". I have been one of those horse-crazy girls all my life and have had the priviledge of owing and riding my own horses. As a kid, I read anything remotely connected to horses. By the time I read about Seabiscuit, I had already devoured stories about Man o' War, the Godolphin Arabian and Canada's own Northern Dancer. But the Seabiscuit story rises above them all. Thank you for devoting four years to uncovering the full story...it deserves to be told. Karen
Richmond Hill, ON Canada

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: For those of you who tuned in to ABC's Good Morning America on Friday in hopes of seeing a lengthy profile of Seabiscuit, sorry; we were bumped by Gary Condit. The piece has been rescheduled for Monday, August 27, sometime between 7 and 9 AM. Tune in!
USA

Comments by Karen Horn on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 05:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I heard about your book during your interview with Scott Simon on NPR. The race with War Admiral was broadcast during the interview and it brought tears to my eyes. I knew I had to read this story. Wow - thank you so much for this beautiful story. When I finished the book yesterday I cried. I'm still teary eyed thinking of the great feat accomplished by these men with such love, patience and faith for that dear horse. Thank you for writing this from your heart, it helped me feel it with my heart. I didn't want the story to end and really didn't want to know what happened after the Biscuit's retirement. It's as if there was this magic moment in time when all the forces from Smith, Pollard and Howard were joined to give us this great "uncomparable, unforgettable Seabiscuit", and I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to go to Santa Anita and see the statues of Seabiscuit and Woolf. And enjoy watching the horses race. Karen
Chatsworth, CA USA

Comments by Shannon Morton on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 05:50 IP Logged
Laura, what can I tell you? The book was a gorgeous masterpiece, from start to finish. My grandfather had received it as a gift and had signed it over to me, knowing full well how much I love horses and horse racing. I started it one afternoon and could only put it down if forced at gunpoint... I was enthralled. Seabiscuit lived and raced nearly 40 years before I was born, but you have brought his story to life with such real and palpable emotion! I actually stood up and yelled "YEAH!!!" as he and Woolf (finally!)raced against War Admiral, and I had tears in my eyes as Seabiscuit braved that 130 lb impost to give it all he had in his last "Hunnert-Grander". My heart goes out to the men and women who brought Seabiscuit to the depression-ravaged public, and also to you for braving all odds and writing such a wonderful and true story. Anyone can tell just by reading your work how much you feel for the sport of horse racing, and the amount of painstakingly careful research that could only have been done out of nothing short of a wild and adoring obsession. I wholeheartedly feel it!! I was an English major at university, and I am such an avid reader (and a somtimes-writer:)... I maintain to this day (and my friends will laugh at me) that there are not enough movies or books about horses these days, and I am so excited to see the great and gorgeous little Seabiscuit come to life on-screen along with Howard and SMITH and Pollard and Woolf and Marcela (whom I admired almost above all the others)! Not since Walter Farley's Black Stallion series have I been this excited about horse-racing in the thirties and forties. Congratulations on the book, and I absolutely plan on tuning in to Good Morning America to watch Seabiscuit's profile.... what I wouldn't give to see that footage of the match race. I look forward to reading more of your work. Remember the 'Biscuit's heart: never stop pouring it on! With love and admiration..... Shannon.
Toronto, ON CANADA

Comments by Brian Doyle on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 04:38 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I received the book as a gift from my father. I'm not really a horse or racing fan, but the book was excellent. Your thoroughness in researching the events is what makes the difference. I kept thinking, "how could she know what they said and what they were thinking?", but by reading the acknowledgements section at the end of the book, I realized you had put it all together through research. Bravo! The book also resurrected how tough life was in the "Dirty Thirties". Did those people have unbelieveably bad luck, or was the string of disasters just the result of high risk behavior? I think it was a little of both, perhaps made worse by the fact that there were fewer choices during the Depression. Thanks for making the past live again. I also admire your achievement in light of your medical conditon. My wife suffers from an auto-immune disorder, and it gets little respect from insurance companies. You are an inspiration to others, doubtless because you have followed your bliss. Thanks again and God Bless. BJD
Wheaton, IL USA

Comments by Wendy Roe on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 04:05 IP Logged
Hello Laura ; I turned 40 this year and it was a difficult thing for me to swallow. Since my youth, 40 had seemed eons away, and meant only one thing - 'middle age, closer to the grave.' I had to do something to initiate myself into my 4th decade, and I made a radical decision - I got a tattoo. My husband was livid. I finally decided on a Seahorse, for various reasons, and he only relented when I gave him the authority to name my new decoration. Being a horseracing afficionado, he promptly named it "Seabiscuit." I felt a vague sense of familiarity about the name, but the origin and details escaped me. One night, my husband presented my with a gift in plain brown wrapper - your book. I have been enthralled ever since. For one who cared little about the sport of racing (except when my spouse cashes in on well-placed bets) your words, your carefully chosen insight and incredible writing talent have lifted me into the realms of high interest in this sport, and in particular, about the odd champion, Seabiscuit. Team Seabiscuit is to be commended for rising above difficult situations, at all costs, to achieve greatness on all levels. And you, Laura, are to be commended for bringing this story to us. Us underdogs need the inspiration from others before us who have achieved beyond expectation. I have great admiration for you and you talent, and Team Seabiscuit who will live on for eternity. Many thanks for bringing this story to the world. Good luck with your movie, and future prospects. Warmest regards, Mrs. Wendy Roe
Vancouver, BC Canada

Comments by Nancy Logan on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 03:15 IP Logged
Seabiscuit is incredible, the book and the horse. How can a book get under your skin like yours? I woke up thinking about Seabiscuit and woke up in the middle of the night thinking about him. What synchronicity that brought those wonderfully peculiar creatures together at just the right time. Thank you for a haunting story. I want everyone to read it!
Colorado Springs, CO USA

Comments by Phil Hey on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Laura -- I second everyone's comment about how moving the book is. u I'm writing to praise your writing in particular. I've been a writer, editor and teacher of writing for 30 years, and your style is outstanding. I aprpeciate how careful you are with the energy of language in the high-tension passages (e.g., describing the races) but also with the careful and quiet sentences you often use to close sequences. I'll recommend this book highly (and that's a recommendation I'm stingy with).
Sioux City, IA USA

Comments by Sandra on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 01:40 IP Logged
You are a strong woman Laura Hillenbrand. Your body may be weak but you are strong. I admire your picture in the summer CFIDS Chronicle. It is a picture of a strong, determined woman who has fought many battles. Not all the battles have been won, but she keeps on fighting. I see a tough warrior. As a woman with CFIDS for 10 years, I bought your book today to give you my support. I understand and admire your reasoning for writing Seabiscuit. There was a big price to pay but it had to be done. I admire your resolve and am strengthened by your quest. Fight On. Sandra Just thought you should know: I purchased your book at Borders Bookstore in Milpitas, California. I was surprised to find Seabiscuit in the game section next to puzzle and poker books. Borders had labeled your book "handicapping": as in an instructional book for betting on horse races. I brought this to the attention of the store manager and he promised to correct the error by putting your book in the sports section. CFIDS problem: I can relate to your intense vertigo. I have been dealing with a similar problem for the past year. My ENT doctor and I believe that my vertigo is partially hormone related. My vertigo gets worse once a month and my menstrual cycle started to change when the vertigo began. I am 42 years old. The ENT doctor recommended that I eliminate extra salt from my diet. His reasoning was that I had too much fluid in my inner ear. Usually a hormone regulates fluid level in the inner ear but that system wasn't working very well in my inner ear. I have seen some improvement in my vertigo since eliminating extra salt 3 months ago. The irony is that for years I have been adding salt to everything because my CFIDS doctor and research had shown that salt helped with CFIDS by increasing blood volume.
USA

Comments by Frank Canonico on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book alot. I was also amazed at the amount of research that went into the making of your book. I am an 84 year old man and I actually rememeber when Seabiscuit ran. I have also been extremely interested in horses my whole life and cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your book. If you could provide me with your postal mail address, I would like to write you a more detailed letter by hand. I am not familiar with the computer. My address is 419 Maple Avenue Westmont, NJ 08108. Thank you very much, Sincerly Frank Canonico
Westmont, NJ USA

Comments by Brian on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 09:18 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Just a short note to let you know how much we enjoyed your book. We liked it so much, in fact, that we have highlighted it on our website, www.globalprovince.com, under "Gods, Heroes, and Legends."
Chapel Hill, NC USA

Comments by Anita L. Rice on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 08:37 IP Logged
I just read the chapter about the War Admiral/Seabiscuit race last night...I never want this book to end...I absolutely love it. I'm not reading your other guest's comments because I don't want to know what happens next.
Dayton, oh usa

Comments by Elsa L. Fridl on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 04:26 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Your book is one of the best books I've ever read. I could not get over the way you weaved the details of how Howard, Smith and Pollard met, and how that era was the perfect time for Seabiscuit to emerge. I laughed ("You can't buy that kind of advertising") and cried (when Woolf died) and generally, felt like I was there, among the characters, living their experiences as they happened. While I am an equestrian, I knew little of horse racing except the Triple Crown races -- I appreciated your attention to detail in explaining so many details. You are truly a phenomenal story teller. I understand that writing the book was all the more challenging due to your health...and just like Seabiscuit, you overcame that obstacle; the book is your trophy for all that you withstood. Thank you for Seabiscuit. I will cherish it always.
Silver Spring, MD USA

Comments by Karen Nyere on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
P.s. My e-mail. Karen
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by Karen Nyere on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:42 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I am finishing "Seabiscuit" and am so move and inspired by your wondrous book that I am moved to write you before I am even done reading it! I am also moved by your personal battle with CFS. The Seabiscuit theme and CFS seem to complement one another for me. I, too, was a sufferer of CFS for about 5 years. I live in Alexandria and got it there. I went through all the rigamarole with docs and others, too. My husband was an Army officer so we found ourselves in Germany in the early 90's. There I found out about an extract from the thymus glands of calves used for chemotherapy patients. (After reading the guestbook, I know this sounds like yet another cure, believe me this is only a suggestion.) It was sold over the counter at the pharmacies there as "Wobemogus". I took it for one month and was cured. THis particular product no longer exists under the "Wobemogus" name, but I understand is in another formulation under another name. If the gods visit us through illness as Carl Jung says, I say it's one hell of a stopover and it ain't for the meek. I know you are on your heroic path and I can only applaud your process and achievement not only in writing this book but in living your life the best way you know how with this challenge. I applaud your great heart. I am a choreographer and dancer, among other things. I dance again today, achey joints and all and after several years hiatus. Seabiscuit and Red Pollard definitely resonate with me. I send you hope, prayers for healing and miracles. You have touched my heart. If you ever feel strong enough, let me take you on a magical walk through the wetland of Huntley Meadows where I volunteer. Karen Nyere
USA

Comments by Matt Billingsly on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I could not have been less interested in horses or horse racing until I read your book. Now I'm chomping at the bit to get down to Santa Anita next month to see my first race! Forget Harry Potter. All of my friends and I are Seabiscuit crazed! Part of the credit, of course, must go to Howard, Smith, Pollard, Woolf and Seabiscuit, but a hefty portion must go to you for bringing this story to the public's attention and for telling it with such charm, wit, and passion. Your book is an unforgettable gem. I didn't want it to end, which is probably the highest compliment one can pay to an author. I know I'll be rereading it soon and accepting every opportunity to give it as a gift to my friends and family. P.S. - I work for Warner Bros. and I'm so disappointed that Universal is developing the book and not us! It's going to make an incredible movie.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Jane Decoteau on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
Good Morning Laura, I just returned from Libby Pataki's Women in Racing Breakfast at the Executive Mansion in Albany, NY. Your cousin did a great job but I wish you could have been there yourself although the video was great. When we spoke early in the summer about you coming to Saratoga I felt so bad that your health didn't allow you to get the much deserved recognition through public appearances. When I got the invitation for the breakfast honoring you I was so hopeful I would get to meet you. I was so hopeful that you could attend. I know you were there in spirit and I want to congratulate you on being the 2001 Distinguished Woman in Racing. Your book holds a special place on my "read over again" shelf at home and today they gave away copies of it so I have one for our office lending library. It is a "must read" for everyone! I wish you all the best. Jane Decoteau, New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by Roxanne on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 01:49 IP Logged
I finished your book and found it wonderful. I had heard about it from the National Public Radio discussion of new books. I went to our library and got it was and I am so glad I did. It is a wonderful story. The ending, especially about Red Pollard, was sad. I'm sure he would have preferred to die like his friend Woolf did - on a hourse, on a track, doing what he loved to do and what he did best. You could definitely tell you loved your subject matter which just added to the enjoyment of reading the book. There were times, you just couldn't keep the exuberance out of your words. Cool. I've always loved stories about horses and dogs. This is a keeper and I will be going back to buy it to add it to my personal library. Thanks.
USA

Comments by mary s on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 00:43 IP Logged
Brilliant book. There really isn't much else to say that already hasn't been said here, except I think "Seabiscuit, An American Legend" deserves the Pulitzer prize for literature. It was an honor to read such a wonderful, amazing book about extraordinary people and of course, "The Biscuit" himself, I wish I could have jumped into the book and given him a big hug and a lump of sugar.
Vancouver, wa USA

Comments by Fran Kras on Friday, August 24, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have been in love with horses since my father first took me to the track when I was little girl. I wanted to be a jockey. I was well over 5' tall by the time I was in the 5th grade. Not since spending an entire summer reading Walter Farley's Black Stallion series have I been so engrossed in a "horse" book. I didn't think that as an adult I would ever feel that way about horse story again. Thank you. I've relived my childhood, felt the power of Seabiscuit and wait with an- ticipation (much like I did when I wrote Walter Farley) for a response from you. That letter from Mr. Farley is still around somewhere. I'm going home tonight to find it. Thanks for a really magical visit with a miraculous horse. Fran Kras
Chicago, IL USA

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