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Comments by clara lindner on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I loved reading this book!! It is fascinating and riveting-I couldn't put it down. Your writing style is masterful-thank you and congratulations!
chicago, IL USA

Comments by Roy Stanford on Tuesday, July 17, 2001 at 01:34 IP Logged
Laura ... I am very impressed with the way you designed your website. It appears that you wrote the DHTML/HTML yourself as opposed to using one of thosse WYSIWYG editors. I haven't read your book, however, after reading the comments in your guestbook and your winning of the Eclipse Award, I have to admit that "Seabiscuit" really has perked my curiousity. You're obviously a very talented woman and I congratulate you on your successful work on the Internet and your extensive published work.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Peggy McGreevy Pehl on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 09:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura , I was having dinner one night at my broters home & he mentioned he just finished a great book called , SEABISCUIT . I picked it up & he said "GO ahead , take it home." Our parents were married in that Hot summer of 1936 ; so we've always heard about that .... but knowing nothing about horse racing I doubted I'd stick with it . Was I wrong! I was completely INTO SEABISCUIT for the next few days ; I can't get it out of my head now ! What a story ; but , more so ; the way YOU wrote it was Terrific . Congratulations . Now we want to go to Omaha to the races at AkSar Ben ( then I learned it's no longer there ) the old Shirley Temple movie avaialbe ???? WHO will be in the new movie ???? Who will be Tom Smith ? or Red ???? Thanks SO Much , Peggy Pehl
Sioux Falls, SD USA

Comments by Kathy Johns on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 09:01 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I took the time to read many of the entries in your guest book. I wanted to know if the majority of your readers felt as spellbound by your story as I was. I wasn't disappointed. My love of horses has been a large part of my life and I have been blessed to own many over the years. My greatest wish was to own a thoroughbred. I was introduced to a man who has become a wonderful friend. He is a kind and loving thoroughbred owner. His horses care and well being far exceeds the greed that so many place above their horses health. He was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to purchase a 1/2 interest in a filly by a new sire Atticus. I would have never been able to do this one my own. What a joy!! It's the same joy I experienced in reading your book. I, like so many others, couldn't lay the book down. I've been facisinated over the years about the stories of the match race between these two great champions. It was like being in the stands with the thousands of fans cheering them on. Thank you for the "loving" way in which you detailed the lives of not only the horse but, the men and women who touched his life. They were all champions!! I fell so very sad however, after reading how the lives of Tom Smith and Red Pollard turned to tragedy. It really had an impact on me. Please continue to write about the horses and individuals who made the sport what it is today. I will wait anxiously for the movie and your next novel. I would love to know more about Man Of War...his picture hangs over my fireplace. Would it be possible to have you autograph my copy? It would mean so much... Thanks again. Kathy Johns
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by Roger L. Duba on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 08:24 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand. Just finished your book. A great read! Like Seabiscuit, I, too, came to California in 1936 (from South Dakota) as an 8 year old boy. We lived in Hayward, just across the Bay from Bay Meadows and Tanforan. I became a big follower of Seabiscuit and rooted for him in all his races. To see him come alive again in your book was just wonderful. You'll recall, Monopoly became popular about 1935 or 1936 and I had my own horse racing game using a Monopoly board. All the player markers had names and I rolled the dice for each one. First one around the board won. I always had Seabiscuit in my races and he was always that ugly, mustard colored player marker that had a large base and a small top. I've never forgotten that and when I read your book, I remembered that mustard colored marker as Seabiscuit. I ran that match race with War Admiral over and over again. Seems to me Seabiscuit always won--even on the Monopoly board. Question: In your book you describe the building of Santa Anita Racetrack. You state that "Howard, Bing Crosby and several other wealthy Californians," furnished the financing. I believe one of them was E.J. "Lucky" Baldwin who was a banker and after whom Baldwin Park and Baldwin Hills are named. He came west on the Oregon Trail, beleive it or not, and made a fortune in banking. He built a casino and an enclave for the wealthy on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and several of those buildings still exist, preserved by the Forest Service as the Tallac Historic Site. It's a very interesting place and I recommend you visit it if you ever get a chance. Some of the interpretive material there says that Santa Anita was named after Baldwin's granddaughter, Anita. You probably already know all this, but if not, hope you find it interesting. Once again, thanks for writing this book. I'm passing it on to my brother who also followed Seabiscuit. Sincerely, Roger L. Duba
San Rafael, CA USA

Comments by Alan S on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 06:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished "Seabiscuit" after a marathon read over the weekend. I could not put the book down. Your research and writing skills are amazing. You tell Seabiscuit's story as well as Red Pollard rode him. What fascinating people you have discovered and brought back to life in the pages of this riveting book. Thank you for all of your hard work. It is truly a lifetime achievement and the best book of the year. Good luck with film.
San Antonio, TX USA

Comments by Jean Haddock on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 05:26 IP Logged
I had the pleasure of meeting your father at church last Sunday. He was the guest of historian Jack Lamping. He speaks with great pride about you and your many talents. I just purchased Seabiscuit from I am grateful for the suggestion. Your website is entertaining and well designed. Jean Haddock
Beach Haven, NJ USA

Comments by ellen salmon on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
I am still on the waiting list for Seabiscuit at my local library which has 3 copies & can hardly wait my turn. My 43 year old daughter has 46 acres & 19 horses some of which are theirs & some are boarded=they even adopted an "old" race horse which is wonderfual & she is living her childhood dream of having a horse. I was born in 1938 & as a little girl I remember hearing of Seabiscuit on many occasions & cant wait for my turn to read the book. I know my laundry & other things can wait while I get into this great book which everyone is talking about . How about writing another book while I am waiting my turn. Blessings on your writing career.
moorestown, nj USA

Comments by Barbara Bernstein on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 02:47 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, My "History Bookclub" has selected SeaBiscuit to read and discuss next month, August 2001. We are in a DC suburb and would be delighted to have you join us if you are interested for the discussion. We do a potluck dinner first and then chat. We'd be honored to have you come, and could move the meeting to a location best for you if you like. I am sure you have a busy schedule, but if you are interested, let me know and I'll fill you in on the details. Thanks for your wonderful research and fascinating book. Sincerely, Barb Bernstein

Comments by joe cooke on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 02:26 IP Logged
As a youngster i had to go shopping for my grandmother at a local grocery store so often that i got to know the butcher quite well. My heroes at that time were Sammy Snead the golfer,Harmon of Michigan, the football All-American and Seabiscuit. I have always remembered the two races Seabiscuit lost to Stagehand and Rosemont, Santa Anita derbies, I think, by a Nose each I think. Anyway the butcher and I bet a nickel on that match race. No way was War Admiral going to beat my hero. I am still ecstatic that he won and so convincingly! I havent read this great book but I`m going to today. I have another personal story about Seabiscuit, a bar on Long Island, A NY sportswriter and my two-year search to find about the Stagehand-Rosemont confrontations. Thanks Laura,youve made an old guy feel good!
springville, ny USA

Comments by Katie on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 00:35 IP Logged
Your book was incredible!! I love horses, but I mostly do jumpers and x-country, so I don't know much about racing. The book was so real and well-written. It made me feel sad for Pollard, nervous for Smith and Howard, and sorry for War Admiral and Riddle. I got chills reading the chapter titled "The Second Civil War"!! It was like I was in the grandstand myself. I recently went to West Virginia and tok your book w/ me. I couldn't put it down. I get sick if I read in the car, so I'd read 2 chapters and stick my head out the window for five minutes, then read 2 more chapters. I really look forward to reading more of your amazing novels in the future. Thnx, and keep writing!!!
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Cheryl Reid on Monday, July 16, 2001 at 00:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks so much for writing this book. I had always been curious why my father gave me the nick name 'seabiscuit' as a little girl which for family and close friends has stuck well into adulthood (44). I knew the name referred to a horse - but had no idea of the history. Wow - what a story!! My father would have been 12-15 during the time of Seabiscuits glory days - and one of those rural kids listening to the only diversion of the day - radio. You brought to life for me a different time. Great job - hope you find more projects.

Comments by Keith Boyle on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:52 IP Logged
Absolutely the best book that I have read in years. Do you have another book planned for the future?
Bethesda , MD USA

Comments by Brandon H. Beck on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:43 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I listened to your interview on the Washingtom public radio station and bought your book immediately thereafter. I have just completed it. I knew nothing about horse racing and can't imagine buying the book without having heard you speak about it. It is one of the best and most memorable books I've ever read. Knowing none of the story or outcomes of the races, I found the book exciting and informative. One of its best attributes is its ability to recreate the time of the 30's. Giving Seabiscuit personality was a great triumph. In the 2nd to last chapter when you have him strutting like a prizefighter I thought I could see it. I have recommended the book to many people. Is it OK to suggest a liitle constructive criticism, in the hope that your book sees repeated printings? I was very interested to learn about the extent of Seabiscuit's journeys by rail. Assaulting the eastern racing establishment made those long trips necessary. Of course the " iron horse" was a major part of the era - I think a lot about all of FDR's trains, campaign and otherwise. I think you could create a fuller picture of this important part of Seabiscuit's career. The railroad element had to be such an important part of strategy: did they have their own train? Charter cars on regularly scheduled trains? Which railroad lines, and which routes? Why those and not others? What was Howard's preference, and why? Also - and please don't see this as quibbling - I think that the trains are such a large part of the story that the language used in telling that part of the story ought to be just as right as it is all the way through your book. For example, some of the words used to describe the trains running could be better chosen for the 30s. Words like clatter, chatter, ground, and whine just aren't "right" for the trains of the era. I think that " whistle-stop" may not be the right word for what you mean-maybe water stop is more correct. But there again I imagine that for trains as important as these they must have changed engines at major points rather than stopping for water in the middle of nowhere. I don't think the doors of Seabiscuit's car would have " swung" open. More likely they slid open like the doors of a boxcar. He did so may miles by rail - are there any pictures of him and his trains? I mention these things only because I was impressed with how important a part of his life these trips were. Both the strategy and the details could well be part of this American legend you present so beautifully. I thank you for reading this. Brandon H. Beck

Comments by Bill Magee on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:35 IP Logged
What a wondefully researched and written story. My paternal grandparents were contemporaries of CH Howard. My father played polo and bought horses from Lin Howard. I have photos of the former and have riden offspring of the latter. I now understand why Dad did what he did around his Thorobreds which ran in California in the 1940s through the early '80s, and in the bushes of Nevada. Tanforan was/is a pleasant memory of seeing Dad's horses run. The history you present is valuable both for the sport of racing and the culture you bring to lifr. Bil Magee
Dallas, tx USA

Comments by Ken Willis on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:31 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I enjoyed reading Biscuit more than I can express, but perhaps my mother expressed it best after she finished the books, by say "After I finished reading "Seabiscuit," I felt as if some friends had tone away." I had the same feeling. "Seabiscuit" is the kind of book you don't want to finish because it so good you want it go on forever. Thank you for writing it, it was more than a good read - much more. It was an experience. You really had me back in the late 1930's following race horses all over the country. You are a terriffic writer and story teller! Ken Willis
Upland, CA USA

Comments by Mark Dulworth on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 08:25 IP Logged
Hello Laura! You spin a great yarn. After hearing your NPR radio interview I picked up the book and only put it down when I had too. I recommend it frequently. One thing though, if memory serves, you indicate that a fast horse can approach 55 mph in a sprint. This seems a bit high. Is it true? Thanks for the fantastic read! Best regards! Mark Dulworth
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Cheri on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 07:42 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I had only just finished reading your book so I missed your earlier interviews. Please post any future TV appearances you'll be making, if at all. Also, I thought you might be interested to know that Liz Smith mentioned you and your book in her column today. She wrote: "I tried to garden, but the mosquitoes wouldn't let me, so I poured another glass of the North Fork's 1999 Lenz, white label, and reached out near the sofa, randomly picking up a book. It turned out to be "Seabiscuit: An American Legend." What a thrill. I couldn't put it down and almost missed the fireworks on TV later that night. This is the story of a great American racehorse in the Depression-burdened '30s. One chapter is called, "The Dingbustingest Contest You Ever Clapped an Eye On." I shed more tears over this one. Then I remembered you got a note from literary agent Mort Janklow about the book's reception in London. How the renowned Hatchards Bookshop displayed the book in the window surrounded by chic riding gear supplied by the queen's favorite boot makers, saddle makers, etc. You know: expensive leather goods. Well, in the early hours of the morning, two men were thrown out of a nearby casino for drunkenness and were arrested for breaking and entering Hatchards. On their persons were found three copies of "Seabiscuit"! None of the queen's riding gear had been touched. That should make the author, Laura Hillenbrand's day."
New York, NY USA

Comments by Cathleen Parsley on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 07:22 IP Logged
Miss Hillenbrand - Thank you for a lovely, thrilling, moving story about this magnificent Seabiscuit. My best regards and best wishes.
Austin, TX USA

Comments by Donna Rosenthal on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 07:10 IP Logged
Dear Miss Hillebrand ~ When I was a little girl all I wanted to do was grow up to be a jockey, and devoutly followed the lives of several of the great thoroughbreds of our times. I still believe that watching a horse run at full stride, whether it be a wild stallion or a full blooded thoroughbred, is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sights I have ever seen. Whether they run for sport, or whether they run for pleasure, their grace and athleticism is truly inspiring. However, the reason I write is to thank you for your courage and honesty is sharing your battle with CFS. I run a women's chronic pain support group and circulated your story with these women to share not only your strength, but your courage to follow your passion. They were inspired, as was I, as I too have CFS. I celebrate your victory in completing your book, and look forward to reading it as well as going to see the film once it is finished. Thank you for sharing your creativity and your honesty.
Rosly Hts., N.Y. USA

Comments by George Royster on Sunday, July 15, 2001 at 03:41 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Although I have had no interest in horse racing, I had two newspapers that raved about your book. Therefore, I decided to read and am I happy that I did. This is one of the finest books that I have ever read. It made me want to go to Ridgewood to see where this magnificant animal lived. Does anyone know the location of his grave? Your description of the races were so vivid and I felt that I knew all of the personalities well beause of your excellent depiction of them. Thanks again for a great,great book. George Royster Laporte, IN and
La Porte, IN USA

Comments by Bob Diana on Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 08:51 IP Logged
Laura, thanks for the memorable and wonderful account of the men associated with Seabiscuit and taking us along on the thrilling races in his career. This story is truly stranger than fiction with a sobering finale bringing the fairytale down to the realism of life's end. The stories of your research in the Acknowledgement section was interesting in itself. I look forward to the movie and am already speculating on who will play the Lone Plainsman.
Carrollton, TX USA

Comments by Donald B. Cinquemani on Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 08:37 IP Logged
Laura:I heard you on PBS last year, being interviewed on PBS regarding your book and Seabiscuit's hayday. My wife picked up the book for me last month, and I get choked up with emotion when all of the events and human characters are described and just how our destiny carries us to certain events in our lives. Great book, and looking forward to the movie.
North Hills, Ca USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Saturday, July 14, 2001 at 02:33 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Want to hear me interviewed on your local radio? If your local radio station has a talk show on which you'd like to hear Seabiscuit: An American Legend discussed, please e-mail us at and we'll contact the station and try to arrange an appearance. Please be sure to include the station call letters, city, radio show, and host, and we'll take it from there! Seabiscuit readers who would like to urge the Oprah Winfrey show to profile the book can contact the show at If you have other ideas on how Seabiscuit can get more coverage on a specific TV show or in a specific publication in your area, please share your thoughts with us at the above e-mail address. Thank you!

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