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Comments by Steven Thomsen on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 01:31 IP Logged
I don't have anything to add to the long list of things which were said before this letter was posted except I hope to find a few more books in my life this well written. What a life it would be. Thank you.
Hampden, MA USA

Comments by Tom Forte on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 00:39 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: Your book is truly worthy of all the superlatives used to describe it and the impact it produces on the readers. You are worthy of some literary award. You have added new dimensions to my enjoyment of thoroughbred racing. Reading the comments in this Guestbook is a true spiritual experience... a real eye-opener to all the goodness that exists in so many people. And you as an artist with such talent and humanity are responsible for this genuine outpouring of love and praise. Please keep on writing. I pray for better health for you.
Glenview, IL USA

Comments by Elizabeth Tobio on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 00:10 IP Logged
It's been a long time since I've read a book that kept me up until the wee hours of the morning because I could not put it down. Seabiscuit is just such a book. It is a compelling story that is beautifully written. The thorough research that went into writing it shines through in every single word. It's a shame that you can only read a book for the first time once, because reading this book was nothing short of a magical experience. Thank you, Ms. Hillenbrand, for your wonderful work of literary art.

Comments by gary eagling on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 09:47 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand . . . You may be already considering this . . Exterminator (Old Bones) would be a good consideration for your next project.
ocean , md USA

Comments by mae dominguez on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 09:14 IP Logged
hello!My father was a jockey all his life and started racing at the early age of eight years old,in match races.He knows the history and mystery of a horse by the name of shue fly,and I would like to get in contact with you. I am reading this book to him, his eyesight is failing him, but the book and the memories made his day!!
farmington, NM USA

Comments by Don Voss on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 07:55 IP Logged
Completly enjoyed the book, It was excellent. As a kid, I remember reading a book call "Come On Seabiscuit". When I saw the review of your book in the Omaha paper I deceided to order it. What a great horse, and a great story. Well Done.
Omaha, NE USA

Comments by Pamela on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 06:29 IP Logged
Your book completely brings to life the story of Seabiscuit and is a true inspiration. It is wonderfully enlightening and historical.

Comments by Jeff McCormick on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 04:03 IP Logged
Sounds like an excellent Story - I look forward to the movie! Excellent website, loved the design! Ciao for now! Jeff
North Gower, ON Canada

Comments by D L Tatum on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 03:37 IP Logged
Thanks for bringing horseracing back to this Omahan. What a great horse and a great book!
Omaha, NE USA

Comments by Susan Terrell on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 02:47 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Your empathy and understanding of the horses and humans that lived this tale, combined with your ability to write so beautifully, created a book with great heart that was a joy to read. As a woman with a passion for horses, as well as writing, I wanted to thank you for your inspiration - this book spoke to me on many levels. Be well. And please, continue to share your storytelling gift. Susan

Comments by Laura Johnston on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 00:05 IP Logged
Dear Laura: You have written a beautiful book about what it means to have heart. Congratulations on the style and grace with which you told Seabiscuit's story. It's impossible to comprehend the obstacles you overcame to do it, but clearly you were the one meant to tell this story. Thank you for the inspiration.
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by Bill Kaup on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 09:46 IP Logged
This is the kind of book which can capture the imagination of people. Horseracing desparately needs this book. Industry execs bemoan the competition from other forms of legalized gambling, but they are missing the point. Most people who habituate racetracks actually do love horseracing. It isn't the most facile form of gambling. God knows, slot machines are way ahead of horseracing in that regard. The reason people like to bet on horses is because they identify with a particular horse, or trainer, or jockey and feel validated when the horse wins. A great book like yours inspires people - albeit vicariously - to participate in this great sport. That's my excuse. God bless you and I hope your health improves so you can continue writing great books and enjoy your life. Thank you for the opportunity to express my feelings to you.
Lutherville, MD USA

Comments by George Kay on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 09:37 IP Logged
This is a great book. If they haven't selected the actors for the movie, may I suggest. Joe Don Baker as Mr Charles Howard, Sean Penn as the Red Pollard, and Robert Duval as Mr Tom Smith. This should be a dynamite movie
Phoenix, az USA

Comments by Bean Burr on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 08:15 IP Logged
Dear Ms. H.: You did a marvelous job researching and telling a great racing story. My father, if he were still alive, would now be 92-years-old. I grew up in the shadow of a man who owned race horses in the midwest during those years. He told many colorful tales and I was priviledged to meet many colorful racing people. Racing has many, many wonderful stories and I am thrilled you told this one. Bean Burr
Goodrich, MI USA

Comments by Wilson Kimball on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 06:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura - Saratoga is looking to honor your contributions to horse racing. Will you be in Saratoga for the Travers? Can't get into details here. Please e-mail me back.

Comments by Rachael M. Lontin on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
I love Seabiscuit, and have admired him since I was a small girl. I am putting my husband through school right now and cannot afford to purchase the book, but will as soon as we have a spare cent. Seabiscuit is a hero and legend forever a part of american history, now thanks to you he will not be forgotten.
Centuria, WI` USA

Comments by Jacinto/Cyndi Vasquez on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 05:57 IP Logged
Hello Laura; Just started reading your far ...Beautiful! Am interested in talking to you about doing my biography. Please e mail or call....352-266-4154. Thank you...Jacinto Vasquez (former Jockey)
Ocala, FL USA

Comments by paul a. schosberg on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 05:30 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I just finished reading your wonderful book, which fell into the category of those I wished would not end. Congratulations on a masterpiece of story-telling, research and craftsmanship. I'm apprehensive about the movie, given Hollywood's track record, but will hope for the best. My wife and I have owned, bred, raced and sold thoroughbreds since 1970, starting off in Fairfax County, VA (probably not too far from your home) and continuing here in NY since 1975. We have bred two NY champions and Jane was leading consignor by average price at the Keeneland September yearling sale a few years ago. Our son, Richard, trained Maria's Mon, 1995 Eclipse two-year-old colt and sire of Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos. Best wishes for continued success in all you do, equine and otherwise.
katonah, ny USA

Comments by Elizabeth A. Lion Januzzi on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 03:39 IP Logged
Hooray For SEABISCUIT! Hooray for SEABISCUIT! Hooray for SEABISCUIT!
Harrisburg, PA USA

Comments by Pat Pierce on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 02:50 IP Logged
I've just started reading this book and have remembered I have a closeup picture of Seabiscuit that is a lot clearer than those in the book. He's standing by himself in a stable area (probably Tanforan)and the picture clearly shows his short tail and crooked leg. I'd like to share it with you as it seems you don't have one similar. Let me know if you want it and I'll try to get someone to help me send it to you as an attachment to a email. Good book so far.
Richmond, CA USA

Comments by Sandra Marrujo on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 02:18 IP Logged
Bought/read book immediately after seeing review in Sports Illustrated and enjoyed it immensely. Heard your interview w/Ralph Barbieri on KNBR San Francisco, but they didn't seem to want to do call ins while you were on. I have an early 50s (I think - haven't looked at publication date lately) book called "The Story of Seabiscuit" that is a thin, large format book with lots of photos and ink sketches that I picked up in a used book store. It was interesting to refer to it while reading your marvelous book. One thing that really jumped out at me in your book and prompts me to comment here is all the mentions of "Grog", Seabiscuit's half-brother and "stand in." My horse is a 16.1+ racebred, very TB in type, Appaloosa, and his maternal great-grandsire is Grog. In fact, my horse is registered as "Viking Grog." I was curious as to what happened to Grog? Obviously, he wasn't much of a racehorse, but did stand at stud. My horse's granddam is Apple Swizzle, by Grog. Did the Howards keep him and breed him? Seabiscuit, sadly, died so relatively young, which I had not known until I read your book. How long did Grog live? The Fair Play/Man O'War/Hardtack temperament is obviously quite attenuated by the time it got to my horse - who is quite mellow (or the Appy cross did that for him!). On a more personal (to you) note, while I cannot recall the details, there was a recent article in the magazine "Equus" regarding CFS in horses. They said there were some advances in treatment there that might be applicable to people. Have you read this article or heard anything about this possible help for people with CFS? My best to you and much further success.
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Lori Simpson on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 02:15 IP Logged
I was sitting down one night with my dad, and we were watching the AMC channel when "The Story of Seabiscuit" came on. I knew a book had come out, and I wanted to read more on the great horse. I have thoroughly enjoyed the book, and plan to learn more on this great horse. I own a big, bulky palomino quarter horse that people said would not be a good pole bending horse due to his bulkiness and size. Well, so far they have been wrong. Dusty has outran some of the greatest little pole horses in the area that make it through faster than him, and it just goes to show you that looks and conformation are not what makes a winner, but heart. I really enjoyed your book, and I am anxiously awaited movie updates!
Olive Branch, MS USA

Comments by Debbie on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 01:57 IP Logged
Awesome! I loved the book so much I already bought the audio book! Keep up the great work! I am a new fan for sure!!
Tallahassee, FL USA

Comments by Kathy Kalkofen on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 00:48 IP Logged
Thank you for the wonderful book. My sister told me it was a 'must read', and I couldn't agree with her more. I read it cover to cover in one day because I couldn't put it down. The horse and the people in the story are amazing, but I am really impressed with the effort it must have taken you and your team to bring the story back to life for those of us who weren't around to see it unfold. Seabiscuit would have liked you...he never gave up on a race and you never gave up on this book. Thanks again, Kathy Kalkofen
Naperville, IL USA

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