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Comments by Kimberly on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Thank you for reminding us that greatness can exist in unassuming profiles of man or beast. I enjoyed every word of your book, and every character touched my heart.
Wheat Ridge, CO USA

Comments by Denice Aldrich Jobe on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 at 00:15 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished your book and loved it. I was so impressed with your writing and the amount of research you did to tell Seabiscuit's story. Truly, your words transported me into the saddle with Red as he guided Seabiscuit around the track! I recently read an article in the Washington Post's Style section about you and your struggle with CFS and I'm amazed at your perseverance. You are an inspiration to writers, like me, who want badly to write but who cannot devote as much time as they'd like to writing (because of work, family, health). So when I read in the Post how you continued to write (and research your story)even though you were sick, I took heart and have been motivated to keep working. For the past two years, I've been in a writers' group that meets in downtown Washington, DC. Since you live in the area, I'd like to invite you to one (or more) of our meetings. I'm sure you get similar invitations all the time, but I wanted you to know that you are welcome. (We are all women in our late 20s-30s who meet twice-monthly to share our work and talk about writing.) I hope you will consider joining us. Thank you again for writing such a wonderful book.
Centreville, VA USA

Comments by Gregory Harmon on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 09:57 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Once I picked up the book I couldn't put it down. This is a GREAT story that had to be told. Thanks for taking the time! Gregory
Albuquerque, NM USA

Comments by R. J. Cardin on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 09:20 IP Logged
Sorry for the typo--I hate that. I can spell excitement--too quick on the editing. RJC

Comments by Richard J. Cardin on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 09:02 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: You have written a magnificent book--articulate, exhaustively researched--capturing the real essence of the sport/industry. I am a thoroughbred owner, an avid reader and one who would like to see the industry return to the days of fervor and excitiement as so eloquently described in your book. Simulcasting is the wave of the future as it drives down day to day track attendance, leaving us with the Triple Crown and to a lesser degree the Breeder's Cup as we try to build a renewed fan base. Almost everything now is purely a function of money, driving the word sport out of horse racing language. Seabiscuit and his story, particularly the human beings around him, enlightens us on the real challenges down the road to success--health of the horse and the people. It is a tough business and no one has illustrated that better than you. I urge you to seek out other thoroughbred horse racing stories and tell the stories in your most exciting style. Thank you and best wishes, Dick Cardin
Coconut Grove, FL USA

Comments by J.G. Preston on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 07:46 IP Logged
Hi Laura--Thank you for a remarkable book. What moves me the most is the dedication of Tom Smith and Red Pollard, who were willing and able to take the time to learn Seabiscuit and bring out his best--with no guarantee of return on their time investment. It appears you did the same with your work, putting years of intense dedication into the project, and I hope it's paid off for you as much as it paid off for me as a reader. I'll read anything you ever write again. Thanks.
St. Cloud, MN USA

Comments by Steve Lewis on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 06:48 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I have just finished reading Seabiscuit, virtually at a single sitting, and would like to record my praise. I own The Sports Bookshop in Cardiff, UK and will ensure that my customers are made fully aware of this quality book. Regards, Steve Lewis.
Cardiff, South Wales, UK

Comments by Marcia on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 06:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura, As a former Standard Bred owner/trainer/breeder for almost 20 years, I have some ideas about some pretty terrific Standard Breds right on a par with Seabiscuit for your consideration. Can't wait to see the movie. Please contact me if you are interested in my ideas. Still love horses, even after 20 years out of the business. Miss them. Love your work. Sincerely, Marcia
Rochester, NY USA

Comments by Marcia K. on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 05:53 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I'm flabbergasted. As a former Standard Bred owner/trainer/breeder for almost 20 years, what can I say, it staggered me. If you have time, could you contact me about some ideas I have if you'd be interested in writing about some Standard Breds I have known (on par with Seabiscuit) for you to write about. It's been since 1980, and I still have horses in my blood. Contact me, please. Thank you for a stupendous book. Can't wait for the movie!
Rochester, NY USA

Comments by Ellen on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 04:25 IP Logged
Thank you for a remarkable book. I enjoyed every minute of it. My greatuncle, still living in the NY area, was fortunate enough to see the Seabiscuit vs War Admiral race. His recollections are precious!
Peoria, AZ USA

Comments by Rodney Brown on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 02:18 IP Logged
I would like to express to you my profound thanks for this book. After hearing our interview on NPR, I purchased this wonderful book, and dove in. Too many years have passed since I picked up a book and was consumed with the story and the manner in which it was told. This is a book that I will return to many times in the years to come.

Comments by Beth Koch on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 01:24 IP Logged
Laura - I just finished your wonderful book. I've always loved thoroughbred racing (and reading biographies) and this was the best of both worlds. I especially got a real kick out of Tom Smith's deceptions involving Grog. An immensely well-written book, filled with humor and heart -- completely engrossing -- I was so sorry to see it end.
Las Vegas, NV USA

Comments by Debra Biggerstaff on Monday, May 28, 2001 at 00:25 IP Logged
Laura, it has been a long time since I picked up a book and couldn't put it down until completely read! I bought your book because I always wanted to know more about the legend of Seabiscuit. What a masterpiece! Great style, great story, great inspiration! I've read through all the other letters on this website and there isn't anything I can add. You have another fan and I will follow your career from now on. Will you be at any book signings in the near future? I can't wait for the movie, but doubt it will beat your great narrative of this wonderful story. Good Luck..
Bentonville, AR USA

Comments by doug on Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 07:58 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I read a lot of books and yours was the best I had read in a long time. You write beautifully and I was caught up immediately. And as someone else wrote earlier, when I was finished with the story I felt like I had lost some friends. Their lives ended so differently, and the last few years of Tom's life sound so sad. Was his son around during those years? What happened to him? Like others, I would like to know if anyone is working on making it possible to access the radio broadcasts and newsreel footage, hopefully on-line? I'm really itchin' to see Seabiscuit in action. Geez my dad was like 2 when the Biscuit was hitting his stride so I never had the chance catch him in action. But the story is bigger than the individuals involved: It's one of those "human" stories of struggling and success that is echoed from the earliest dramas we have. Thanks for this great read. I love your use of adjectives - very powerful! I hope you get out and live. And do some signings!
new york, ny USA

Comments by Janet O'Hair on Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 06:27 IP Logged
GREAT, FABULOUS book!!! I loved it so much and am so lonely now that I have read it to the end. Congratulations on a remarkable work and thank you. Janet

Comments by Sam Miller on Sunday, May 27, 2001 at 00:55 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I manage a Borders Books and Music in Rochester Hills, MI and I was so excited when your book came out. I was born and bred in Louisville, KY so naturally I'm a huge horse racing fan. I had thrilled to Seabiscuit's exploits as a kid reading Ralph Moody's "Come On Seabiscuit" (which I still have though it's very tattered). I thought your book was a great companion to that. I enjoy handselling it to my customers, even those who aren't racing fans. I wish you much success with the movie and any future writing projects.

Comments by Steve Drucker on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 09:42 IP Logged
I too thoroughly enjoyed your book. Not being a horse or racing enthusiast, I was pleasantly surprised. Purpose of this email is too additionally compliment you on your acknowledgments. They also were fun and interesting. Steve Drucker, Villa Park, CA
Villa Park, CA USA

Comments by C. Marshall on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 07:57 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I thoroughly enjoyed your book on Seabiscuit. It was well written and researched. It's just a simply an incredible story. It makes you think about fate. Seabiscuit may have been just another 'claimer' if Howard, Smith and Polland's paths would not have intersected. Not to mention, Smith discovering Seabiscuit. I saw you on Larry King and you seem to take great pleasure in researching and writing the book and I am happy you did and that I had the opportunity to read it. Warm Regards, Clint Marshall
Palo Alto, CA USA

Comments by Dennis Smillie on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 07:51 IP Logged
Read it cover to cover in one day. Thank you for a great story - truth can be more powerful than fiction. I had a great talk with my Dad (he was 16 in 1938), and he gave me some local color (grew up near Detroit Fairgrounds). Thank you for making Seabisquit come alive!
Ambler, Pa USA

Comments by George Weber on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 07:42 IP Logged
As a 70 year old horse lover, I read your book and found it truly extraordinary. Thank you for all your research and for presenting the story with such wonderful feeling. We have only 3 horses currently, all Morgan horses which we use for trail riding -- slowly. We do not have experience with race horses but we do understand the bond between people and horses which you so marvelously showed in your writing. Thank you. Are you interested in non fiction story ideas perhaps of article length?
Culver, OR USA

Comments by Devereaux Raskauskas on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 07:34 IP Logged
Laura,Went on vacation to visit my daughter in Italy and when I came back all of my email addresses had been deleted!!! I am trying to get in touch with you to fulfull my promise of bringing Madonna to you to smell and touch! Finished Seabiscuit, could hardly read the words because of the tears STREAMING down my face!!!! Hope you get through all of these lovely emails to mine. Devereaux
Potomac, Md. USA

Comments by Donna Valley on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 04:55 IP Logged
Your book was the absolute best. Seabiscuit and Howard, Smith, Pollard, Woolf and the rest. I knew the documentation was perfect when I read on p. 94 about the cemetery near Eight Mile and Woodward in Detroit (Woodlawn). I lived about a block from the back of that cemetery. My dad never forgot that Seabiscuit got his start at the Fairgrounds.
Ijamsville, MD USA

Comments by Margaret Lenck on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 04:42 IP Logged
Laura, Thank you for writing Seabiscuit an American Legend - a beautifully told story. It brought back memories of events that were a great part of my teenage years when I was a devout horse racing fan and knew the sires and dams of so many horses competing at the time. When Seabiscuit was retired a stud, I wrote a letter to Mr. Howard and suggested a few names for the offspring (I don't think any were used!). Mr. Howard sent me a print of Seabiscuit with George Woolf up that has hung on my wall all these years since. When Seabiscuit died, my parents shielded the report in the newspaper until I had finished my breakfast. It was very enlightening and enjoyable to read the dramatic tale of this remarkable horse, the Howards, Tom Smith, Red Pollard and George Woolf. Your book envoked many tears - tears of joy and of sadness. I lived many, many years in Glendale, California and had I known Tom Smith was being buried at Forest Lawn, I would have been there to pay my deep respects. Sincerily, Margaret Lenck 3850 Rio Road #76 Carmel, CA 93923
Carmel, CA USA

Comments by Russell on Saturday, May 26, 2001 at 03:33 IP Logged
I am reading your book and about half way through it. it has really been a teriffic book so far. I am sure the rest will be as good if not better. i was wondering if you will be doing any book signings in PA, NJ, DE or MD as i would love to get m book signed by you. I live in southern jersey which is in good driving distance to the other states listed. i look forward to your response.
Pennsville, NJ USA

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