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Comments by r. c. dickins on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 02:00 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Your book is fascinating. Interesting to see a horse depicted as more than an investment by his owner. And thanks for your generosity in sharing notes about your research process. Is the health and fitness of jockeys today better than it was in Seabiscuit's time? What safeguards exist for them? Thanks again for your outstanding work.

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 01:43 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Want to hear author 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!

Comments by anne farris on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 01:38 IP Logged
Loved your book. I have an original 1940's etching of Seabiscuit by the sports artist R.A. Pelensky. Do you know if there is any interest or value in this work?
chevy chase , md USA

Comments by Kathleen Amon on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 00:53 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I loved your book so much, I can't begin to tell you. I cried throughout and my husband (who also loved the book) and I have started calling our very wonderful dog, who has quite a personality and is rather opinioned, "the Biscuit". Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story with us. Sincerely, Kathleen Amon
Princeton, NJ USA

Comments by Linda Wright on Monday, July 09, 2001 at 00:00 IP Logged
Just finished reading your book last night. I had tears in my eyes at the end of the book. You really brought me into the world of racing and the world of that wonderful horse, Seabiscuit. My daughter owns a thoroughbreed who had a short racing career (she is now teaching him dressage). I personally learned a lot about thoroughbreeds and saw similarities between Seabiscuit and Dealer (our horse). I look forward to seeing the movie in the future and I know I will recommend this book to all my friends (those with and without horses). I also love your website. Linda Wright
Western Springs, IL USA

Comments by Pam Parrish on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 09:54 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks for an incredible experience via your "Seabiscuit" book. As a child growing up (mostly on horseback) outside of Louisville, my favorite book was "Come On Seabiscuit." I expect I'll be reading your work as many or more times as that one. Never have I been so enthralled by a book, breathlessly pulled along by your recreation of events and personalities. I found my heart racing, my legs and arms tightening as I "rode" with Red and George. Like so many who have written here, I could hardly tear myself away from the book, your descriptions are so vivid and the story so compelling. As a former journalist, I am enormously impressed by your exhaustive research and your obvious passion for your subjects. There's a spiritual depth to your book that elevates it above any categorization or simple description. Thanks for transporting me to this other world and providing what will probably be my favorite book for the remainder of my life. I wish you the best with your health and look forward to reading more of your work. -- Pam Parrish
Tucson, AZ USA

Comments by Congresswoman Shelley Berkley on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 08:41 IP Logged
I caught your appearance on the TODAY show and finally had the opportunity to read Seabiscuit An American Legend. I loved the book. Would you please call me at your convenience 202 225-5965?
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Anastasia on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 08:07 IP Logged
Laura, My sister loved Seabiscuit and gave it to me on July 4th to read. I just finished it and I agree with her. It is so well written, I loved every minute of the book and was sad that it ended. I look forward to the Movie and wish you well. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

Comments by Michael L Fury on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 07:54 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: You have a gift for turning a true story into a "darn good yarn". I thoroughly enjoyed your story of Seabiscuit and his entourage. Prior to reading your book my knowledge of horses and racing was limited to attending a couple Kentucky Derby parties. You not only educated me, but you enthralled me. I could picture Seabiscuit and his devilish demeanor and competitive spirit, as if I were at the track. In addition your documentation of the life of a jockey, a trainer, and the race world was thoroughly enlightening. My thanks for writing such a good history. Regards, Mike Fury
Raleigh, NC USA

Comments by Rob Taylor on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 04:04 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand; I am a Family Practice physician living and working in rural North Alabama. I have not been able to read a book straight through since Junior High, but totally enjoyed the story of Seabiscuit over the 4th of July. Your writing ability and subject matter touched a lot of visual pictures for me. My mom was born october 29,1929 - the day that the Stock Market crashed. My grandfather George Gore had died in a hunting accident while my grandmother was in her sixth month of pregnancy with my mom. My grandmother managed and ran a general store with my great aunt during the Depression. Both were widowers and never remarried. My grandfather on my dad's side lost his farm during the same time frame. He was a lover of horses, and owned several. As a lad my dad never liked riding the horses. One day my grandfather put my dad upon one of his fastest,slapped the horse's rump, and away my dad went with my grandfather Frank boasting to all the checker players at the Franklin,Tn courthouse under the Johnny Reb statue that"Itold you all that boy could ride." Doc Babcock must have been a real horsetrader himself. He not only memorialized CS Howard's son Frank, but also got a hospital out of the deal. The parallel of Seabiscuit and War Admiral was pictured in the ability of the Western country doc being able to out treat the Ivory tower back East Boston physicians when he reset Red Pollards leg. Thanks so much for your story telling ability. Look forward to the movie. Rob Taylor
Arab, Al USA

Comments by Diana on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 03:41 IP Logged
Seabiscuit An American Legend is a fantastic book, I read Man O' War by Walter Farley and fell in love with him, then I was given Seabiscuit as a gift, and what a great gift. Since I am only 15 I never saw either Man O' War or Seabiscuit race and I am just waiting for the next champion to come along. I also can't wait for the movie to come out, I wish one would be made on Man O' War. I don't think the public knows how much horses mean to our nation and how greatly they were valued and how much horse racing was apart of everyday life for people, much like baseball or football today. Your book showed that to me even more. Such as the amount of poeple that showed up just to watch a race for a little over a minute and a half is amazing. Thanks Again, Diana
Woodward, IA USA

Comments by Harland Hoffman on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 00:44 IP Logged
A great book. Glad that you wrote it as it brought back many memories. I was at Santa Anita on the day Biscuit and Kyack (wrong spelling) ran one two. I was in the Club House as my father had invested a small sum with Dr. Strub and was a stockholder. Many great memories of the racing days, but there is one question I have for you. I remember vividly that there was question if the other part of the entry was purposely held back so that Seabiscuit would win. Did you run into any of this in your research ? I would love to have your answer, if there is one. Thanks, Harland Hoffman (HJTENNIS@AOL.COM)

Comments by nicole on Sunday, July 08, 2001 at 00:21 IP Logged
I'm not even to part two of your book, but I am SO in love with it already. You have an amazing writin style, one that I've been wishing for since I decided that writing was my thing. I write a lot about horses (or try), and I hope someday I'll write something like Seabiscuit. Also, while reading your book, you mentioned Gallant Fox, and I realized that my horse may be related to him. Of course it'd go waaaay back, but her name is Vixen, she's a purebred TB. Maybe someday I'll figure it out for sure (haha). Anyway, thanks so much for writing Seabiscuit: An American Legend, and keep it up!
Healdsburg, CA USA

Comments by Brian Pleasants on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 08:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I supose I shouldn't be surprised, in this age of instant gratification, that an option to email the author of a book I so throughly enjoyed would be found on the backleaf of the jacket. But I was "gratified" by your writing ability and the story of Seabiscuit in an "old-fashioned way." May I explain? Just as your book began with the coming together of 3(later 4) such unlikly men and a horse, I'll give you a little sequence of how I came across your book (probably a good thing for your publicist to know). I heard part of your interview on NPR, and saw a review of your book on "Sunday Morning" on CBS" and then came across the book at a sale held by a "traveling book show" that came to the hospital where I work. I only paid $15 for your lovely book and now feel that I should send the other $10...for I certainly got full value for my purchase. But the deeper themes of my reason for purchasing and now valuing your book on Seabiscuit are these: 1) The undoneness of my relationship with my dad, and 2) The joy I find in observing the human (and now I guess I have to add Equine [sic]) spirit flurishing. My dad was born in 1906, I in 1962. The 56 years that separated us chronologically also kept us apart in every meaningful emotional way. I raise this only to say that I've found myself seeking out printed material that would give me the "FEEL" for the times in which my dad was growing. From '35 to '40 he would have been aged 29 to 36. I'm just past that point now but your book allowed me to get a feel for his world; to conceive of the stories of his life with the proper "set" in place. I never heard his stories. But I do remember obscure (to me) references to names such as Jack Dempsey and Seabiscuit. Your book gives me context, texture, reality...for a man who remained as elusive as a horse working out at 4am. The other issue, about the human spirit on display, is not quite as subjective. You masterfully unfolded the story of the men and their horse. How each brought his unique gifts to their destiny would have made for a good story, but you went the necessary step farther by also fitting their unique weaknesses into the saga. That's reality. That's life. The "Sunday Morning" piece contained one personal fact about you that mentioned that an illness had been part of your life during most/all of the time that you were writing this book. I think my highest praise then could be summed up thusly: I find your spirit to be linked to the men and the horse of which you wrote so masterfully. My prayer would be that you continue to enjoy the race of which we are all a part. God bless, Brian.
Sebring, FL 33876 USA

Comments by Alma Minter on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 06:24 IP Logged
Loved the book. My eyes well up with tears at the same pages of the book even though I have read it many times. Looking forward to the update with the past performances and new cover. Take Care and thanks! Alma Minter
Sunnyvale, CA USA

Comments by susan fisher on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 04:14 IP Logged
Thank you for a wonderful story. I am an avid reader and lover of horses; being married to an honors history major has enriched my life with a love of real history -- and this book is more than just a story about a magnificent animal. I will be buying several to give as gifts, and am going to recommend it to the school board for required reading in American history/literature classes. Let's read about real heroism instead of some of the depressing anti-heroes our children study covering that time period. Thank you for your hard work and research--this is a GREAT BOOK!!!
Peoria, AZ USA

Comments by stiteler on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 03:21 IP Logged
I loved the book, I couldn't put it down. Now I am curious as to where I can find offspring of the seabiscuit line. If anyone knows please drop me a line.

Comments by Bill McCown, PhD on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 03:15 IP Logged
Brilliant book. Period. Bought it knowing little about that period in racing and the book went way beyond racing, filling us in to what many of us believed was a cultural vacumm existing before the Was. To Laura: as a fellow author (nine scientific/tchnical books) and as a former denizen of Fairfax County AND as Kenyon, 1978, I would love to write a review for the Kenyon alumnni bulletin and damn skippy it will be praiseworthy. The mentoring aspect that you emphasized in your acknolwedgements is what makes Kenyon great. Your permission? By the way, somewhere along the line you had an excellent psychology class or series of classes..... Bill McCown, Ph.D. Psychology and Anthro/Sociology Majors Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology Univ of Louisiana Monroe (Last book co published, ironically was on compulsive gambling, Best Possible Odds.} Bill M
Monro, LA USA

Comments by Diane Canadas on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 02:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Loved your book on Seabiscuit. Went to the Ridgewood Ranch and saw his barn and the Howards House. The museum in Willits are working on a exibit for Seabiscuit. Would like to know more about his dam, Swing On. Did she produced any more stakes winners and who were her Sire and Dam?
Middletown, CA USA

Comments by howard kronish on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 02:12 IP Logged
Have read and printed out every page of e-mails to you, going back to December when they first appeared, through the very latest entry. The story that these letters tell about the affect your book has had on the reading public is a book in itself. You have become an American heroine, and deservedly so.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Bill Wilde on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 01:47 IP Logged
Hello Laura, Would you please contact Ede Wilde at her residence in Sidney. If you have misplaced her number as she appears to have your , contact me at this address and I will forward it to you. Thank you for your time and consideration. Best regards
Duncan, BC Canada

Comments by Lili on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 01:19 IP Logged
Loved the book and cried at the end! Can't wait for the film. Thanks for bringing this brilliant true story to England!
hunstanton, Norfolk England

Comments by Mike Kirkpatrick on Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 00:04 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand-I just finished you wonderful book on Seabiscuit. It was a great diversion for 3 days of vacation. I can't wait for the movie, although it will have to go a ways to beat the book. Congratulations on a wonderful work and may you have many more.
Lubbock, Tx USA

Comments by ken olshansky on Friday, July 06, 2001 at 07:49 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Having spent many years in Boston, I became familiar with Suffolk Downs. I would go from time to time and particularly love pouring over the Racing Form (I loved it apparently more than it loved me) and listening to the railbirds. Sometime along the way two brothers from Boston, I believe, named Martin, bought a filly named Timely Writer. She went from nowhere to one of the Triple Crown races, I think. I all too vividly remember her snapping a leg in the race and having to be put down on the spot. I completely lost all interest in racing at that moment. Your beautifully researched and told tale of the Seabiscuit crew brought me back a little closer to racing, but I could only hope, as the husband of a woman with combined training horses, that more trainers cared about their horses as Tom Smith did and my wife does. I know that they do not. Anyhow, did you have any idea what became of the Martin brothers? Also, I do find the art of the jockey interesting and would like your recommendation on books on the subject. Thanks for many fine moments and a wonderful book I was eager to come home to. Sincerely, Ken Olshansky Ken Olshansky
califon, nj USA

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