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Comments by Gretchen Learman on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 09:32 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand - I am only on page 100, but from page 1 I have been riveted to your novel on Seabiscuit. I have been riding and owning horses my whole life, and now that I am living in D.C. and working full time I have not had the chance to ride every day as I would like too. Reading your book brings me to the barn, even as I am on the metro on the way home! I also like that your book has already made me both want to cry and laugh. Thank you! Have you wrote any other books? Sincerely, Gretchen Learman
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Coralie DeWald on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 08:35 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand, I have just completed, "Seabiscuit, An American Legend," and must tell you how very much I enjoyed the book! I have loved horses for as long as I can remember, and always wanted one; however, I was 23 before I owned my first horse! Since that time I haven't been without one, (or several, as now,) and anything equine gets my attention. I first read a review of your book this winter, and knowing it was about a noted Thoroughbred, (what an understatement for Seabiscuit, "noted," is!) I knew I wanted to read it; the reviewer said your book was not only about a horse but also a history of the thirties, and the American depression and a story of what people were experiencing and dealing with at the time. I was born in 1940, just about the time that Seabiscuit, the Howards, Smith, and Pollard were culminating "Biscuit's" racing career, but recall my parents telling about the Depression, and their, as well as so many other individuals' struggles! Your book was so well written, that I could get into the mind of Seabiscuit and almost feel what he was feeling during each of his races! An earlier contrbutor to your guest book referred to "Dan Patch," and asked you if the name was familiar. I'm sure it must be! For me, being raised in Minnesota, his name surely is, with the city of Savage, MN, being named after his owner, Marion Savage, and Mr. Savage's estate being located south of Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN. As a child, I recall my family driving past "iron gates, and seeing a large metal statue of a horse," who had to have been Dan Patch: I have no knowledge of whatever happened to that place, or the statue, etc. Dan Patch, too, was scorned at first because of his less than ideal appearance, but he proved that he had heart, and with that, managed to achieve track records, amass a huge following of fans, and inspire in his owner the love and respect that Seabiscuit did for each person who played a part in his life. For me, those qualities of heart, intelligence, and "guttiness" in horses I have known, (and loved,) are some of the things for which I will long remember them. You, have, by your special writing style, and your extreme depth of research of Seabiscuit, and his "people," shown that you not only understand the horse racing industry, but that you clearly love your subjects! Thank you so much for a book that I will pass on to those who love horses as I do, but that I plan to keep, so that I may re-read it. What a story! Your book is one more reason that I have told former students," reading is one of the best things you'll ever do for yourselves!" Take care of yourself, and please write of other equine "Greats." Incidentally, being an owner and admirer of Quarter Horses, I can support your statements about their blinding speed. It is a fact! Sincerely, Coralie DeWald
Staples, MN USA

Comments by David W. Hamilton on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 08:14 IP Logged
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand, When Seabiscuit and War Admiral went head to head at Pimlico i was a wee lad of three living in a small village called Leonardtown, less than 100 miles from the track. Thank you for bringing this exciting event to life. I am passing the word to all of my Rowing buddies who will surly enjoy reading about the true heart and spirit of Seabiscuit. By the way i found out about your book while listing to a sports radio talk show KNBR in the San Francisco Bay area. So what's next ? Cheers, David Hamilton
San Anselmo, Ca USA

Comments by Bill Lardy on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 07:22 IP Logged
I received your book as a father's day gift. I asked my wife to suggest it to my son after hearing it reviewed on NPR's All Things Considered! I'm so grateful for my son's willingess to buy it for, grateful for having heard about it on NPR and so very grateful you wrote the story. A fantastic piece of work! Thank you very much.
Bismarck, ND USA

Comments by Rob Brookey on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 06:31 IP Logged
I got your book from my wife and kids as a late father's day present. I think it is the best one I have ever gotten. I read it in 24 hours during my vacation. The story is excellent but the writing style is good as well. It made me appreciate what all the jockeys have to go through to race.I can't wait until the new movie. Let me know if you ever have a book signing in the Tulsa/Oklahoma area! I have a question- Did War Admiral sire any winners? Again thank you for a most enjoyable book!
Tulsa, OK USA

Comments by Cheri on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 03:14 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have just finished reading your book and you should be proud: what an amazing story! Even more amazing is the fact that you brought back to life all the main characters who have been dead long before you started the book. You did a great service to them all! Personally, I am not a horse-person. I never owned a horse. I've never heard of Seabiscuit. I've ridden maybe four times in my life. But I love animals and your book sounded fascinating to me (as well as your own struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), so I picked it up and I'm glad I did. I have recommended it to everyone I know. Horse-lovers alone are not the only ones who could appreciate this book. I have newfound respect for horses and their owners, trainers, and jockeys. I watched the Triple Crown on TV recently for the first time in my life. Thank you for showing me this fascinating world of horseracing, of Seabiscuit's life, and the ingriguing and talented people who helped make Seabiscuit a star. I hope you will write more books, be they about horses or not. --Cheri
New York, NY USA

Comments by Charlie Fenwick on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
Your book is terrific - can't put it down. I live outside Baltimore and have been involved in horses all my life. I have been a trainer of steeplechase horses for 30 years and in fact was lucky enough to win the English Grand National at Aintree in 1980. My family and I are coming to Washington on the weekend of July 14th and would love to buy you a drink or meal if appropriate/convenient. Once again, fantistic job. Charlie Fenwick
Butler, MD USA

Comments by Donna D. Gibson on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 02:51 IP Logged
I have my family and book club reading Seabiscuit. No one has anything bad to say. We all love it! Thank you for many hours of enjoyment.
Bellbrook, OH USA

Comments by Melville L. McInnis on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 02:19 IP Logged
Dear Ms.Hillenbrand; I have just recently concluded the joyful reading of your magnificent book Seabiscuit. It is not just the best book I've ever read on thoroughbred racing, but a wonderful well researched book, that tells about another age. I have also read in the Blood-Horse that there is to be a movie based on your book. If this is so, I hope that you will keep a close eye on the Hollywood crowd so that they live up to the quality of this splendid book. I was fortunate enough to see your interview on PBS "The Newshour." I watched with admiration and respect as you made mention of the struggle with your medical affliction. about a year ago, I was diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease that is imparing my ability to walk as freely and vigorously as i once did....I hope that before too much longer there maybe some effective remedy found to help us both. with every good wish, Melville L. McInnis Vancouver, B.C.
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Comments by Marie-Claire Girard on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 01:50 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I do not know what I could add to all the superlative comments I read about your book. I am actually reading it and am completely enthralled by it. My grand-father raised horses and I always been a horse racing fan, but beyond all the statistics that I know, you provided me with suspense and emotions, exactly like a great race should be. I want to thank you for this, it is a talent that few writers, in any field, master as well as you do.
Montreal, Canada

Comments by Bonnie on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 01:23 IP Logged
My father in law was wondering if they ever divulge the location of the horses grave? How they came up with the name Seabiscuit? Is the painting called Frank at Howard Hospital the orginal painting talked about in the book? He said Seabiscuit was a excellent book.
Laytonville, ca USA

Comments by George Muzea on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 01:22 IP Logged
Laura, I live in Reno and have owned a private business tied to the stock market for many years. However I have also been a horse owner for the past 13 years and horses have been my passion. I love horse racing and over the years I have been distressed with the decline of the sport due to so many alternatives such as casinos. I want you to know how much I loved your book about the life of the horse and the people surrounding him. The book was more than a horse book to me. It was a study of the times and most especially, the reality that life is not a dress rehearsal. Some of the greatest moments in our lives we don't realize how important they were, until long after. I reaffirmed my desire to live every day to its fullest because of your great study of the poignant people involved with Seabiscuit. Thank you again. You are the kind of person I could spend hours with, just talking about shared experiences. God Bless. George Muzea Reno Nevada
Reno, NV USA

Comments by Lynn M. Houston on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 01:11 IP Logged
I have loved reading about horses all of my life and have especially loved those about famous racehorses. I have read other books about seabiscuit but none as well written as this one. I truely love it and will be passing my copy on to others to read and if they want it they will have to buy their own. Please let me know if you ever do on on the Great Man-o-war. Thank you so much for all the work you did to bring this story to life.
LaGrande, OR United States

Comments by Gayle Patterson on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 00:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Thanks for a wonderful book. As a horse owner & lover, I found the history fascinating. I'm not into the racing scene. I'm just someone who has never outgrown their childhood love of horses. I would be lost without a horse in my life. Thanks again for a great read. I look forward to the movie.
Niceville, FL USA

Comments by Mark Wayne Pollard on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 00:13 IP Logged
You totally captured the strength of Human and animal spirit in this beautifully crafted book.Ah,if only I could have been there!But alas,you did bring me there.Thank you, Mark Wayne Pollard
Bristol, Ct USA

Comments by Mark Wayne Pollard on Tuesday, July 03, 2001 at 00:02 IP Logged
I find horse people in my state(Connecticut)to be arrogant and vain.I dont like sports or horseracing in general.I bought your book because of the name "Pollard" which is on every page.Anyway to the point of my letter.You have written a beautiful book about the amazing spirit that lies within all living creatures.You will touch all who read this incredible book.I hope the movie does justice to your book.Thank you so much. Mark W Pollard
Bristol, Ct USA

Comments by Andrew Greenberg on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 09:55 IP Logged
Laura, This book is an incredible read! It's appeal is in its character development. The story, one could say is about the greatest race horse of all times. However my thoughts were that it dealt with so much surrounding this great horse. The depression era was a hard time for this country and this horse made people forget. That is what is so great about going to the racetrack. My first exposure to the track is when Thunder Rumble captured the 1992 Jim Dandy cup. He went on to win the Travers in a spectacular fashion. This horse is unique in New York "big time" racing because he was bred from the New York Sire, Thunder Puddles. Your book brought me back to my first days at the track. Thanks for such a thoughtful look at America's greatest sport.
Houston, TX USA

Comments by Nancy Ray on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 09:54 IP Logged
Laura, I enjoyed your book immensely. I have purchased a copy which I would like to donate to the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs for their upcoming fundraiser, "The Auction for the Animals", which will be held on August 24, 2001. I would like to mail it to you for your autograph, as I know that would add to its value at the auction. Where would I send it? Would you mind signing it for us? I am the chairperaon of the auction and it would mean a lot to me to have a signed copy of your book in the event. Thanks, Nancy
Pagosa Springs, CO USA

Comments by j.i.Roberts on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 09:52 IP Logged
I forgot to ask one thing, the only thing that bothered me about the book - why did they cut Seabiscuit's head off the picture on the jacket? Couldn't they have run the photo around to the inside? I realize that they wanted the men in the picture but I find it odd that they cut off the subject's head.jr

Comments by j. i. roberts on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 09:48 IP Logged
A riveting book. Best book I've read in years. I'm a horseperson and authors are often misinformed about horses. I couldn't find fault with anything in your book. Again, it was riveting. I've told everyone I know, whether a horseperson or not that they should read this book. Thank you. jr

Comments by Tom Major on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 07:44 IP Logged
The most fascinatiang book I've read in my 70 years. Great story and great presentation. If you ever get to Atlantic City I'll definitely buy you a drink at the Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point. You got me hooked and I will read your other books. Thanks again for an enjoyable return to reading.
Somers Point, NJ USA

Comments by Holly Clearman on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 07:40 IP Logged
I just bought the book today (7/2). Several (okay, many) years ago, I was a college undergrad preparing to apply to veterinary school. I wanted more than anything to be an equine veterinarian (aka 'horse doctor'!). My best friend's father then told me a very interesting story: As a young boy growing up in Pasadena, CA, he used to watch the horses at Santa Anita exercising in the morning and generally hung out at the track. He must have been around 11 or 12 at the time. One morning, he was watching Seabiscuit and his trainer going through the morning's exercise when Seabiscuit threw a shoe...and someone on the track GAVE it to him! And the best part is, he gave it to ME! I've been trying to get a picture of that horse ever since to frame with the shoe... I can't wait to begin the book. Thank you.
Pasadena, CA USA

Comments by Peter H Jekill on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 07:23 IP Logged
Thanks for bringing me to this wonderfull real life storey. I couldn't put the book down - I'm not much of a book reader. Your PBS interview had me looking for the book - it is now finally appearing on bookshelves here. I await the movie and appreciate the complexity giving the storey and these wonderfull horse people justice in the short attention span movies are forced into. Greatfully, Peter.
Calgary.AB. Canada,

Comments by Devon Ressler on Monday, July 02, 2001 at 06:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Because of vision problems associated with diabetes, it took me almost two weeks to read "SEABISCUIT." It was frustrating at times when I'd get to a chapter and get caught up in the action and want to read on, but couldn't. Thank you so very much for a wonderful book.

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