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Comments by Jim Conroy on Monday, June 18, 2001 at 01:27 IP Logged
An AWESOME book, a very great read. I have taken the book on vacation with me as well as to work....have gotten through about 60% so far. A question about the cover picture on the dustjacket. Where is Seabiscuit's head ???? Can't the picture be re-sized or else continue the Biscuit's image around the fold??? He deserves to be on the cover of his book ! A reminder to all admirers of Seabiscuit is that a wonderful statue of him stands outside the Racing Museum in Saratoga gazing across to the racetrack.
Saratoga Springs, NY USA

Comments by Kim on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 08:28 IP Logged
Thank you for the laughter, joy, and yes, even the tears. It was wonderful, and beautifully written, compelling all the way through. Would you consider doing a book on Black Gold next? Another of my sentimental favorites from my childhood. I think more people need to know about him and his heroic life and equally heroic death. Thanks again.
Colorado Springs, CO USA

Comments by TIna Byrd on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 06:42 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I loved reading your book. I kept my 75 year old father up todate on the details as I read. He reminded me that in Mickey Rooney's book Life is too Short, Mr. Rooney talks about giving Seabiscuit a short workout at Hollywood Park.

Comments by PegTaylor on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 05:48 IP Logged
Thanks for such a great description of an era, the horse and his humans. Your recounting of the races was breathtaking-the best written 1:36 ever. It is curious that Sea biscuit died at a relatively young age and so little was said about the cause. I'm sure his fans grieved as did Secreatariat's. Horses are wonderful companions and it's good to read that a money driven sport has room in it for loyalty, love and respect among Sea Biscuit's handlers and for a great horse. I hope the movie avoids the hollywood traps and maudlin melodrama.
Parkers lake, KY USA

Comments by joan on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 05:34 IP Logged
I recently attended the Belmont Stakes and looked at old photos of horses and people you wrote about in your fabulous book "Seabiscuit". You captured the essence of the era and transported me back to a time when horse races must have lifted the spirits of people dealing with the Depression. Thank you for the wonderful book and when I visit Saratoga this August I'll be certain to seek out memorabilia about Seabiscuit.
east islip, ny USA

Comments by Maureen Clendenen on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 03:50 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am hoping you can help. For many years I have had orginal photos of Seabiscuit and other horses from the CS Howard ranch in California in my possession. I would like to return them to the family. Is there any way you can help me? Sincerely, Maureen Clendenen
Reno, NV USA

Comments by Pi Polletta on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 02:56 IP Logged
I've been an avid reader all my life and always have a book that I'm reading. But, it isn't often that I finish one within a week, or come home from work, and skip dinner so I can read, or that my husband teases me that we haven't spent much time together since I've started a book. Thank you, thank you for a wonderful book. I may just start reading it again tomorrow.
Tucson, AZ USA

Comments by Charles David on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 02:44 IP Logged
Laura, Upon reading in Us Weekly about your chronic fatigue syndrome, I'm in even more awe of your indefatigable work in researching "Seabiscuit." What detail. Not to mention drama. Thanks to you, I'm a racing fan again. Hollywood Park, here I come.

Comments by Kris Johnson on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 02:30 IP Logged
Words, mine anyway, will be wholly inadequate in trying to tell you how wonderful your book, I'll simply say thank you.
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by Bruce Harris on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 02:24 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand - WOW! Terrific book. I feel as though I know Smith, Howard, Pollard, Woolf and of course, Seabiscuit. Thanks to you, I was able to relive those great races and times. You are an incredible writer.
Scotch Plains, NJ USA

Comments by Mary Lou on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 01:51 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I have not read a book in it's entirity since I can't remember when. But I bought your book on the wonderful "Seabiscuit" and I could not believe that I just could not put it down. I read the book in less than 1 week. I can't remember when I did thatlast. The book was so moving and I was caught up in the excitment of each page. I really can't wait to see the movie. Keep up the good writing! Thank you for "Seabiscuit".

Comments by Paul on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 01:32 IP Logged
I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find information on a horse named Silky Sullivan. Are there any books, movies, websites, or other media on this horse? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.
Westport, CT USA

Comments by Andrew Taylor on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 01:22 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, My wife recently bought your book for me. As a child in England I have vague memories of watching the movie in the sixties, and I was intrigued to find out the real story of this plucky little fellow, as I had a feeling that this was one of these cases where the truth was much more compelling than fiction.Your treatment is superbly researched and beautifully woven together, and set in proportion against the backdrop of the troubled times of 1930s America. I have lived in Canada for five years and am something of a racing literature buff. Your book rates amongst the very best in its sphere that I have ever read, along with "Arkle" by Ivor Herbert and "Calling the Horses" by Peter O'Sullevan. Congratulations Andrew Taylor
Wasaga Beach, ON Canada

Comments by Mike J. Liles on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 00:50 IP Logged
Laura, I just finsihed reading Seabiscuit and wanted you to know haw musch I enjoyed it. Your attention to detail and research came togeather with your talents as a fine writer to make and excellent story. Thanks Mike
Murfreesboro, TN USA

Comments by Sherry Docken on Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 00:21 IP Logged
It was the best book I ever read, and it gave me a better appreciation of thoroughbred racing. Around 1939 my Dad who is 80 years old was bitten by Seabiscuit in Northern Calif. and has bragged about it ever since. Needless to say, my Dad loved horses and especially thoroughbreds
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Larry H. Dickason on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 04:33 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, Today is the Belmont Stakes. I'll be looking for the 'biscuit out there on the backstretch and cheering him on to the wire...
Livermore, CA USA

Comments by Daniel Irvine on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 04:06 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Seabiscuit lives on in your beautifully written book. His particular personality and charms are so well captured as are the main characters of his story. I didn't want it to end but the race was won. Thank you for giving another generation a chance to know and love this extraordinary horse. I hope he finally got all the carrots he wanted in his retirement.
Mesa, AZ USA

Comments by Elsanne Cramer on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 03:39 IP Logged
I haven't read your book yet but am looking forward to reading it. It's great that a book on a racehorse made #l on the N.Y. best seller list. It's good for racing. I'd love to see the movie when it comes out. Anne
Philadelphia, Pa. USA

Comments by carolyn Jackson on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 03:03 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand- I have just taught Pony Club camp for 6 hours, mucked my barn and fed and turned out. I couldn't wait to finish your book and cried most of the way through...tears of joy and sadness! What a fabulous group of individuals and of course, Seabiscuit, with a heart the size of the moon! My 5 year old daughter rides in her 2nd horse show tomorrow, so I'll be up at 6am to feed, bathe and braid; I'll be thinking of Tom Smith when I walk into that barn! Thanks for a superbly-written, spellbinder! I was sorry when it ended!
Charles Town, WV USA

Comments by Suzanne Flores on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 03:02 IP Logged
Ms Hillenbrand, Yours is the best book i have ever read! I developed a passion for Horseracing in the 1970's at the early age of 5. I felt i was well educated on the sport, until i read your book. Thank you for all the fascinating details of the sport, that wonderful horse, and people involved. Your book moved me to tears! My passion for this sport is now so much stronger than it has ever been. Telling this story is exactly what the sport needs to return it to what it once was, full of class, grace, excitement, and, most of all, HEART. I would like more information on the movie development. I would like to audition for a part in the movie. I HAVE to have a part in this movie! Could you please forward any info you may have on who to contact for auditions. Thank you. Im am your new biggest fan!

Comments by Steve Newsom on Saturday, June 16, 2001 at 00:10 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I like some others who have written was also introduced to Seabiscuit through Ralph Moody's wonderful tale when my Dad gave me the book as a nine year old, I've since read it 11 times. I was coincidentially reading that same book to my children 7 and 9 and mentioned it to a friend who asked me if I knew about your book. Please understand that at first I was a little skeptical being such a fan of Moody's tale, but I am so glad I read your book, and am so proud the story fell into the hands and heart of someone such as yourself who could pen not only the facts, but the emotion connected with such a great champion. Although I was in the middle of reading Moody's version to my kids, I went ahead and read yours at the same time and was able to share stuff with my kids as I read the other book to them that made the experience so much more wonderful. Needless to say, my kids are perstering me daily now to take them to a horse race. Thank you for sharing not only your love of the great Seabiscuit but also your love of horse racing with those of us who are not regular fans,(although I think you could make me into one) and thank you for giving me a book that I can hand down to my kids, as my Dad did me with Moody's book. Good luck in the future and I hope you write another book soon. Steve Newsom
Levelland, TX USA

Comments by Ann on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 09:55 IP Logged
Congradulations on the success of your wonderful book! Being a horsewoman, myself, I found it extremely informative, a heartwarming tale for all of us who occasionally feel like "longshots". Can't wait for the movie.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by dan ashley on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 09:28 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I did not know the outcome of the great match race until I read your book, but I don't think it would have mattered. Pages 267-274 are the most exciting I have read in literature, fiction or non-fiction. "Seabuscuit: An American Legend" is simply wonderful. Thank you.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Suzanne Delman on Friday, June 15, 2001 at 09:16 IP Logged
Congratulations,Laura Hillenbrand, for writing one of the best works of nonfiction I have ever read. I went to my first horse race as a child at Saratoga and I have always loved the horses and the pageantry. But not until I read your book, did I fully understand the ins and outs of the sport. Your skill as a writer is amazing. You brought the main characters to life and Seabiscuit, himself, becomes a real "personality." Each and every horserace you describe is exciting and different. I give you credit for being able to write the same kind of scene several times and each time the result is fresh and breathtaking. I wish you much success and happiness. As a fellow writer, I am awestruck. I can't wait to see the film! Please keep writing! Suzanne Delman
Lake George, NY USA

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