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Comments by brian clark on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 02:30 IP Logged
Loved the book - interested in u and those sultry eyes...
sausalito, ca USA

Comments by skip heller on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 00:42 IP Logged
I bought this book to read on a flight to, of all places, Louisville. It was absolutely fantastic and let me into a world of which I had little idea. It certainly earned every accolade. Please write more. And more.
LA, CA USA

Comments by kristi mcvey on Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Thank you for your literary masterpiece, "Seabiscuit, An American Legend." As an avid horsewoman who has spent a lifetime involved with and in awe of these magnificent creatures, I was completely captivated by your book. Seabiscuit was a requested birthday present after having read the many glowing reviews about it. From the first page, your book drew me into the colorful and often tragic lives of Team Seabiscuit. It was like being in the paddock, watching the races from the finish line and hearing the private conversations between everyone who was there. For 10 days, I breathed, ate, slept, laughed and cried the life of Seabicuit. When the story's end came and all the characters' lives wound down, I wept. You made this moment in history so real. No book has ever moved me the way this one has. I felt compelled to write because you told the Seabicuit story with such eloquence, poetry and attention to detail. Many sections I read again and again. I can hardly wait for the movie and your next book. Thank you again for enriching my life with the incredible tribute to this American hero and all who experienced first-hand the potential in this once over-looked, but forever incomparable horse. Sincerely yours, Kristi McVey
golden, co USA

Comments by GARY MEDEIROS on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 09:19 IP Logged
Laura,, Congrats on winning the Eclipse award yesterday. You derserve it for what you have done for Thoroughbred Horse Racing this year. I am very proud of you and I know you will be a great representive for the sport in the upcoming years. All your work has been great and I look forward to the movie,, Best in the coming year, Gary
SAN LEANDRO, CA USA

Comments by Willard G. Landrum on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 02:46 IP Logged
A tremendous book! I'm curious to know if Seabisquit ever ran on Lasix?
Dry Prong,, LA USA

Comments by Beth Womack on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:56 IP Logged
Thank you for one of the most wonderful stories I have ever read. I can't wait to see the movie. I bought this book for 5 of my friends for Christmas, and each one said "What is this?" then I heard from them a few days later, and they said it was the best book they have read in a long long time. Thanks for the enjoyable hours I spent in- between the covers of your book.
Glendlae, AZ USA

Comments by Bruce Woodruff on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:51 IP Logged
Laura, My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version read by Richard Davidson. bw
Londonderry, nh USA

Comments by Annemarie Kelley on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 00:30 IP Logged
I just received Seabisquit for Christmas as well, I am very excited to read it, I have heard nothing but good things about it....I show Quarter Horses, and am always interested in a true story about special horses. As I myself have a story to tell about my own special horse who was badly hurt at a training barn. So I can really relate to this story, of course my horse did not become famous, but he has earned a ton of Quarter Horse points which no one ever thought would happen due to his injuries and scars. Thanks for appreciating horses the way you do! They are special!!!
Hadley, MA USA

Comments by Jenny Miller on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Seabiscuit was fabulous!! A friend loaned me her book and then I requested (and received) my own copy for Christmas. I gave it a big hug after I opened it. What can I say? The way it is written is so thrilling. I felt as if I was there. I also enjoyed the story behind the lives of the jockies. My goodness, what a life to have lived (and loved). We own 5 of our own horses, quarters and apps, and, yes, a thoroughbred! She is beautiful -- there is truly something about a thoroughbred! Laura, thank you for bringing this story to life for me. I can't wait for the movie!
Stevens Point, WI USA

Comments by Michael Decker on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 04:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I've just completed your compelling book about the life of Seabiscuit. For me, like so many Americans, 2001 was a year of profound loss and struggle, both from a personal and universal perspective. Although written before anyone could know just how trying the last year would be, your book is certainly a timely and much-needed story of hope. It is a beautiful metaphor of redemption and recovery. It has been a ray of enlightenment for me, as it must be for all your readers. Thank you for taking the time, and having the faith, to explore this forgotten story and bring it back to Americans at a time when its message of restoration is so meaningful! The best to you in the coming year! Sincerely, Michael Decker
oklahoma city, ok USA

Comments by Michael Gennis on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 03:20 IP Logged
Laura- We raise quarter horses and you have intoduced us to a whole new and fascinating world. Thank you for the best non-fiction book we have ever read. Best regards from the Lima Sierra Ranch.
Placerville, CA USA

Comments by Jackson Mahaney on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:23 IP Logged
I'm about half-way through the book, and have found it absolutely fascinating. I know little about horses, but growing up (in the 70s and 80s) had always heard the name "Seabiscuit" but never knew the heroics involved. Thank you for bringing this inspiring story to a new generation. And thank you for writing it with such eloquent, engrossing prose.
Lebanon, IN USA

Comments by Cecile Rudis on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:22 IP Logged
Laura....Your "book" came so highly recommended, that I couldn't wait to begin reading it! We are looking forward to "the movie" and would appreciate any info re when it may come to pass. "Seabiscuit" is a perfect example of the saying...."Never judge a book by its cover"!!
Scottsdale, az USA

Comments by E. Prescott Engle on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:15 IP Logged
Dear Laura-I am a 3rd generation horse owner and trainer. My mothers family trained horses in Maryland in the 30's, 40's and 50's, (H.C. & Edith Prescott Allnutt), and my Father and Uncle still own and train horses in West Virginia @ Charles Town, (Willowdale Farms, S. Engle) My Grandfather and Greatgrandfather on my Mothers side saw the epic match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral. I received the book as a Christmas present, and finished it on that night. The book held me spellbound until the very end, and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Not only was your knowledge of thoroughbred racing very impressive, but your writing style is excellent. The book was very well written, so much so that, when I was reading your description of the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, I found myself sitting up in my chair, and slapping my thigh while reading the gripping replay of the race. Kudos to you Laura, and congratulations on a job well done.
Leesburg, Va USA

Comments by Jerry Freeland on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 01:30 IP Logged
Dear Keith Nichols Thanks for the message about your VCR tape with Seabiscuit footage. I would like to buy a copy, but you did not leave your email address or a phone #. I'd prefer at least a phone # so that I can call you. Sincerely Jerry Freeland 858-452-7226 and jerryandmargot@email.com.
La Jolla, CA USA

Comments by Simone Farber on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 00:15 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, thank you for a thrilling and informative book. You convey the drama and heartbreak of the sport with breathtaking clarity. I confess, my main horseracing knowledge came from dim memories as a child of seeing Secretariat on tv, and a healthy diet of Dick Francis novels. Your book was a wonderful insight into the real, often cruel and dangerous world of horseracing. Good luck with the movie and your future projects.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by GENE STASKEY on Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 00:10 IP Logged
THANK YOU FOR WRITING SEABISCUIT. PEOPLE LOVE HORSES AND DOGS. LASSIE PLACED FIRST IN ITS TIME SLOT EVERY SINGLE YEAR FOR 17 YRS STRAIGHT ON CBS TV FOR 1954 TO 1970.I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MOVIE. GOD BLESS.. EJS
HOUSTON, TX USA

Comments by Beth on Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 09:10 IP Logged
Talk about record time! I think I read this book faster than any other I've ever read. Like so many of the other readers, I laughed and cried and cheered the Biscuit on, and felt heartbroken as well for the mighty War Admiral in addition to my euphoria for Seabiscuit's triumph. A marvelous story marvelously told. It's the "Breaking Away" of my grandparents' generation--and better yet, it's a true story. Like the greatest of sports heros--Babe Ruth, Muhammed Ali, Seabiscuit brought to his fans so much more than just an athlete to root for, he brought hope to a generation that had little. Having grown up on a farm that was home to five happy and fat Missouri Foxtrotters, I understand the affection that horse and owner have for eachother, and was tremendously touched at the end by Charles Howards care of his equine companion. Enough nonsequiturs from me! Simply, one of the best books I have ever read. Thank you Laura!
Seattl, WA USA

Comments by Deborah Bell on Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 07:58 IP Logged
Laura, Congratulations on your wonderful book. I received it on Christmas as a gift and just finished it. I can't remember the last time I was so taken by a book. Your style of writing and ability to bring SeaBiscuits story to life is amazing. I cared for a woman with chronic fatigue syndrome and realize how debilitating this disease is, but when you've got alot of heart anything is possible. Wishing you continued success and the best of health.
marsons mills, ma USA

Comments by Amanda on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 08:04 IP Logged
hello- well, it is christmas, and I just got off the phone with someone very special, my Great-grandfather, he is 98 y/o and he saw Seabiscuit when he raced! he is know reading the book, which he says is Quite good, and so since he lives in CA and I live in WA he is going to buy/send me a copy of it! I work at an Arabian Breeding barn 3 days a week, and love it! Horses are a deffinit part of my life that I wouldnt give up for anything! I would like to than all of the people who have Tought me everything I know about the Equus, I have seen Montry Roberts and his work with all of his Racers and I have read such books as the Thoroughbred Series by Joanna Campbell, it isnt really a realistic series but it gets you into it, and that is how I began to LOVE racing, I'm to big to be a jockey, I'm 5ft 5 inches and am a little over 120lbs! I wish I could be a ponyer at Emerold downs the closest track to my house, but I dont have a horse, which makes it a problem! I would love to be an outrider/ponyer, but I guess since I'm only 13y/o I have a little more time to do that, I would even love to be a groom, but hay, I can always do that later in life!! well, I cant wait to read the book, if anyone has books on Secretariat or Man O' War or Seattle Slew or any of their Famous Childern please e-mail me the name/Author of the book, thank you, Amanda Carroll
Kirkland, Wa USA

Comments by Peter Glass on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 07:27 IP Logged
I've trained and raced trotters and pacers for over 20 years. I never really had an interest in the runners since Affirmed and Steve Cauthen passed. However, I was given your book as a gift and bored one day began to read it. I couldn't put it down. What a wonderful story it was to read.
Hurley, NY USA

Comments by Anne Conlon on Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 01:43 IP Logged
What a wonderful gift I received today when I opened 'Seabiscuit an American Legend. I lost in a fire, a book called Come on Seabiscuit. I don't remember the author but I do remember the wonderful story of such a courageous little horse that beat the odds to become one of last centuries biggest champions. I have yet to dive in but I know I will be lost for a while and will truly enjoy this treasure I have back again. Thanks for bringing him to life again.
Blind River, Ont Canada

Comments by Walter G. Gunn M.D. on Monday, December 24, 2001 at 09:35 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Today I finished reading Seabiscuit and found myself deeply moved both by the story and by your writing. It was hard to hold back tears when I read the last paragraph in the section on Acknowledgments at the end of the book. Those words capsulized a superb story. Some papers called Seabiscuit "The Hard Luck Horse of the Turf." In the 1930's I was a small boy, and my father was in charge of the jockeys' colors and later of the jockeys room at Santa Anita and the other California race tracks. He would take me to work with him from time to time, especially on days of stakes races. So I got to see the jockeys, valets, and other personnel often and up close. I was at the track in 1938, the day that Stagehand nipped the 'Biscuit' by a nose at the wire. We rejoiced at the victory over War Admiral and Seabiscuit's win at the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. My uncle was Webb Everett, then racing secretary and handicapper at Santa Anita, and in later years my cousin Jack Meyers became racing secretary at Santa Anita (I didn't realize then it was Webb who set the weights.) My younger brother developed tuberculosis at age 6. Our family had few resources (it was 1936,) but a foundation stepped forward to underwrite our expenses for his hospitalization at a sanitorium in Belmont, California. He stayed there over a year, and his illness was cured. I'll bet you can guess who set up that foundation and hospital. Right the first time! It was Charles S. Howard. Sincerely, Walter G. Gunn M.D.
Bigfork, MT USA

Comments by Bruce Altman on Monday, December 24, 2001 at 04:41 IP Logged
I buy more books than I read theses days, and I haven't bought any this year. Until, that is, I heard you interviewed on the Diane Rehm Show just a couple of weeks ago now, I guess. Within two days I told my sister not to buy any books because she was getting this one for Christmas, I bought it, I didn't break the spine, and hopefully it's under their tree on the other side of the country at this moment. Now to the important stuff: I have Gene Hackman down for Tom Smith. He can frown for three hours straight; but he also has a great smile, so if he smiles only once in this story, it's definitely a high impact smile. I want Brad Pitt or Matt Damon for George Wolff, whoever's available -- they're a toss-up here, but Damon has his eyes, even looks a lot like him. Marisa Tomei is my Marcella. Katy Jorado (Will Kane's "old girlfriend" in "High Noon") was who I first identified with Marcella in the reading -- if they have to make up back story for Marcella, Katy could be the older female relative). Charles Howard role is where casting director's earn the big bucks. I falter here, since I think there are some great character actor's who ought not to be skipped over for this who I can't readily name. It seems unsatisfactory and unfair to take an Alec Baldwin and get him a little fatter and a little balder. Trouble is, he could probably do a terriffic job as a little balder and fatter. There must be lots of actors who could do this well. Nicholas Cage. Not exactly my favorite actor personally, and probably a few inches taller then Red in real life, but he is of the same physical type, he seems to have almost the same disposition going for him, plus -- you're only 39 once, no matter what Jack Benny said. He would be great in this role. He would get an Oscar in this role, if Gene Hackman didn't beat him out of it first. How about it? A Seabiscuit motion picture casting contest, the reader's picks...
Cape May, NJ USA

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