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Comments by v. seitz on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 01:50 IP Logged
dear laura: a wonderful tale with colorful characters and an extraordinary horse! i was drawn right into the story...made me wish i could travel back to the time of "seabiscuit"!
ridley park, pa USA

Comments by Michael on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 01:42 IP Logged
Hello Laura,I just finishing reading the book. I'm not much of a reader, but I felt compelled to keep turning the pages. Thank you for inspiring me to push on. I have always felt like an underdog. Nothing seemed to have ever come easy to me. But now I finally can relate to someone else's story. Thanks
South Amboy, NJ USA

Comments by Laura Giese on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 06:38 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I gave Seabiscuit to my sister in-law for her birthday and she just loved it. She lent it to me and since than it's been passed around to several people and every one of them love it. I recently bought a horse and that story inspired me. After I read that book I couldn't stop thinking about that wonderful horse and those wonderful people who took care of him. Fate, how lucky for that horse that such a thing exsits.
Alameda, CA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Thursday, November 15, 2001 at 03:10 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show will rebroadcast its hour-long feature on Seabiscuit on Thanksgiving, November 22, from 10:00-11:00 AM EST. Tune in while you cook! Thank you to all my readers who wrote to Diane requesting a broadcast.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Ron Ziskin on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
Dear Laura, It's interesting that 60 years later in 1998, Americans would be following Mark McGwire's every move, while plowing money into their 401Ks. Your beautifully written story was an engrossing and welcome respite from today's headlines.
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Kathy Accorsi on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 04:01 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I bought your book for my Dad (a race horsing fan)last Father's Day after I heard your interview on NPR. He fell in love with the book, then I fell in love with it. You tell a beautiful story, and my family looks forward to more of your books. PS. I hope this finds you feeling well.
Eatontown, NJ USA

Comments by Debi Wade Jordan on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 03:48 IP Logged
Excellent research, excellent details, excellent writing, excellent story. This is one of the best in a long time. You have crafted an insightful, educational, empathetic and entertaining chronicle. I caught your interview on Good Morning America a while back and, being a horse lover, thought I'd pick up the book. Well, I did pick it up and couldn't put it down. Thank you for the effort it took to create such a jewel.
Bowling Green, Ky USA

Comments by walter crane on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 02:40 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Loved Seabuiscuit. Thanks for telling a wonderful story.
Clevland , Tn USA

Comments by Susan Portas on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 at 01:59 IP Logged
I am reading your book and find it very charming. I would never have chosen a book about a race horse except for your interview on the show on PBS a couple months ago. Your telling of the story of Seabiscuit compelled me to buy the book the next day for my husband and of course I could borrow it! The book is every bit as entertaining as you made it sound. Thanks for the pleasure in learning about Seabiscuit and his world!
St. Louis, MO USA

Comments by Jacqueline J. King on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 06:00 IP Logged
Dear Laura: This is the sort of book I wish I could write! I have tremendous respect for (and love) what you have done with this wonderful story. I spent the first 8 years of my life on Greenspring Avenue in Baltimore County, Maryland -- less than 5 miles from Sagamore Farm. I am so proud to know how much you thought of Mr. A. G. Vanderbilt. I never met him, but visited his beautiful farm as a child. I am glad to know what a kind man he was. Thank you for bringing the horses, people, and places of Seabiscuit's time to life in your book, and for keeping me company for a week. All the best to you -- good health, energy, and much, much happiness -- Your friend, Jackie King
Mechanicsburg, PA USA

Comments by Bonnie Lind on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 05:17 IP Logged
I just finished reading your book and thought it was GREAT! As a child I read all sorts of horse stories and had read about Seabiscuit. Your book made him and all those involved around him come alive again. I would like to know when you write another book.
Hayward, CA USA

Comments by heinz wiegand on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 00:31 IP Logged
hi HAVE READ WITH INTEREST THE ARTICLES ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FINE BOOK. SAW ON GUEST BOOK YOU GET ALL KINDS OF INFO ABOUT HOW TO FIGHT CFS. I'VE TRIED MOST OF THAT STUFF TO NO AVAIL. I,M SUPPOSE TO BE ONE THE WORST CFS PATIENTS. HAD IT FOR 25 YRS, NOW IN 1974 WAS HEALTHY ENOUGH TO RUN ACROSS THE USA AND WAS NATIONAL RANKED DISTANCE RUNNERTIL I GOT ILL. HAD TO BE PUSHED AROUND IN A WHEELCHAIR A YEAR AGOTILL I STARTED A PROCESS THAT HAS MADE MY CFS NON-EXISTENT, JUST RAN A 5K RACE SUNDAY, I BROKE DOWN CRYING WHEN REFLECTING ON HOW FAR I HAVE COMEBACK FROM THIS AGONIZING PROBLEM, HAVING PRACTICALLY ALL YOUR SYMPTONS IN THE PAST.CFS SUPPORT GROUP I WENT TO WAS FLABBERGASTED AT THE CHANGE, SOME PEOPLE HARDLY RECOGNIZED ME. AT ONE TIME I WAS CONSIDERED THE WEAKEST OF THE WHOLE BUNCH, AND NOW I CAN'T RELATE TO CFS FOLKS. OUR LEADER SAY YOU CAN'T ARGUE AGAINST RESULTS. WHAT I DO IS ACTUALLY PRETTY SIMPLE, SEEMS TO SIMPLE TO SOME TO GET THESE KIND OF RESULTS. BUT DOES TAKE TIME AND SOME DISCIPLINE, BUT IT'S BETTER THAN LIVING WITH THE HORROR OF CFS LIKE I HAVE HAD TO. THE SPECIALIST WHO HAS HELPED SAYS HE FEELS THERE IS NO TRUE CFS, IT'S BASICALLY A SYMPTON PROBLEM. HE SAYS LET'S GET TO THE ROOT . I DISAGREED AT IST BUT NOW I CAN SAY PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING I GUESS. HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELLAND CONTINUED SUCCESS, HOPE YOU DIDN'T MIND ME TELLING OF MY EXPERIENCE. REGARDS HW
new hope,al. , al USA

Comments by Helm Roberts on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 09:24 IP Logged
Laura: "Seabiscuit" was loaned to me by a friend who said he couldn't put it down. After three late night sessions I finally put it down, totally taken by the detail and passion of your story. Only after reading the acknowledgements, did I realize how much you put into this work. We have lived in Lexington for almost 40 years but have not been a part of the horse world. I now have a better understanding of the pure genius that goes into the making of a winner. Thank you.
Lexington, KY USA

Comments by Steve Roszel on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 05:39 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished the book this afternoon. I am still tense with the excitement of Seabiscuit's race against War Admiral and his last in the Santa Anita Handicap. I can't wait for the movie. Some months ago I heard you on WAMU being interviewed, I believe by Diame Rehm. Your own personal story and perseverance drew me to the story more than anything else. Your love of these characters, the horse and the story make it evident that your heart is as large as Seabisuit's. Thank you.
Alexandria, VA USA

Comments by M. C. MacKenzie on Monday, November 12, 2001 at 02:05 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: I have been a lover of horses all my life but never much of a race enthusiast. Having read some of the terrible things that go on in the racing world, namely the abuse and sometimes brutal murder of horses for high priced insurance policies. A friend offered me your book and I couldn't put it down. Your style of writing really does make it seem more of a novel than a biography. The description of the races made me feel as though I was actually watching them and found myself breathing hard and reading faster to see who won! Have also always been a champion of the underdog, especially one who has had to work extra hard to make the grade and the team of Seabiscuit, Howard, Pollard and Smith certainly filled the bill. All I could think was what a great movie this would make but with the hope that the excitement, integrity and facts would not be sacrificed to make a Hollywood hit. With you as the consultant, I feel certain that will not happen. I look forward to reading more of your work and will search my old Equus magazines for your name and look for it in the future. Bravo on a magnificent accomplishment and for further immortalizing a team in American history that needed recognition. I always knew my own horse tries her best when I ask her to try something new or give me that little bit more when I want it. Others say I have a vivid imagination but she and I know better. Kudos to you and thank you for a terrific read!
Redlands, CA USA

Comments by Sue Alpers Mondello on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 08:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your book was wonderful and inspired me to send you a note. I was a 'racetracker' from 1971 until this year when I retired from training thoroughbreds at Belmont and Aqueduct Racetracks. I would like to inquire about somethings relating to my grandfather: George Frederick Alpers, a leading gentleman rider in the early 1900s. I have aquired his scrapebook, some riding programs (including General Patton), a list of signatures of the members in his Cavalry unit and a book "There's a Fox in the Spinney: Memoirs of fox-hunting, racing and publishing" by Stuart Rose, who fought and rode with my grandfather.Is it possible to inquire about the method needed to try and contact some of these families listed in his unit? Also, is there someone I can contact to preserve these newsclippings which are now close to a century old? Thank you for any help you can offer. I am using my sister's computer. If you can contact me at this email address, I will be glad to send you my own home address for further correspondence. My appreciation for the perfect book to enjoy and for any assistance with my questions.
New Bern, NC USA

Comments by Wally Broege on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 04:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I have never been to a horse race AND I have never written a fan letter. You really opened up my eyes to a world I knew nothing about. What an assortment of characters. I enjoyed reading every word tears rolled down my face when I read the Epilogue. I still laugh when I think about that wonderful phrase "shit godzilla!" Thank you so much for an enjoyable read. So when is your next book coming out?
Wading River, NY USA

Comments by linda tink on Sunday, November 11, 2001 at 03:13 IP Logged
Dear Laura, thank you for a beautifully written book about an endearing "litte horse". I have never seen a runner race, but through your incredible account of Seabiscuit's races I felt as if I was there in the stands. I couldn't wait until the finish, but as I grew closer to the end of the book Ii didn't want it to end. Thank you again for a truly wonderful gift. Linda Tink
farmington hills, mi USA

Comments by K im W on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 08:52 IP Logged
I picked this book because I needed a book for my English book report and I like reading about horses. The reason i like reading about horses is because i have a few of my own. Anyway I saw your book thought it looked good and bought it. I could never put it down. The detail and description you put in it is amazing.You describe everyone. I like the fact that the book really took place. It makes you think more about your life. Those three men worked hard and they got to their dream. I really liked the book and I hope you right more books about horses.
Canada

Comments by Mary Ann Schmidt on Friday, November 09, 2001 at 09:49 IP Logged
I haven't finished reading a book in a very long time. I barely get through the daily paper. I used to love horses - even worked as a vet assistant through college. I was there to see Secretariat win the Triple Crown at Belmont. I was there when Secretariat lost to Onion at the Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs. As a kid I read a book called "Old Bones", about a horse named Exterminator who ran with Man O' War. I forgot about all of that. Then I saw Laura's interview on Good Morning America. I wanted to read her book. I had to wait three weeks to get it from the library. Finally I got it, and within pages of reading it I couldn't put it down. It brought back my memories of my love of horses. the book was so vivid in detail that I felt like I was there, just under the surface. At this time following 9/11, it felt great to get lost in the story, and relive those years of the 1930's and 1940's. The combination of man and horse that brought Seabiscuit to his full potential was a story that few people today would know about. Thank you Laura for bringing this to life today. There are many lessons that can be taken from those days, and applied to life in the 2000's. I hope more and more people read your book. It truly is one of the best ever!!! Congratulations!
Center Harbor, NH USA

Comments by Michael Dempsey on Friday, November 09, 2001 at 07:27 IP Logged
I am in the middle of reading 'Biscuit for the SECOND time. Just a GREAT book. I interviewed Laura for my web cast at www.turfnsport.com a couple of months ago and I am replaying that interview on this week's Turf 'n' Sport Radio Network (direct link using Real Audio is www.turfnsport.com/turf.ram). It will be up from today til 11/16. I can't wait for the movie! Laura, I hope you are feeling well!!! Michael Dempsey www.turfnsport.com www.trackmaster.com
Falls Church , VA USA

Comments by Ted Purcell on Friday, November 09, 2001 at 02:18 IP Logged
I have not read a book this good in a long time , your book is a Master piece of description , it was like I was there looking over the shoulder of the characters. We live close to Del Mar race track and you took us to the track when it was THE place to go during race season ! BRAVO !!!
San Diego, CA USA

Comments by David White on Friday, November 09, 2001 at 00:51 IP Logged
Laura, thank you for writing this wonderful book. I just finished it and only work and sleep kept me from it. It reminded me of times in the forties when we played a horse racing board game with a spinning dial in the center. I always took Seabiscuit for my horse and I'm sure Seabiscuit and I always won. Thanks again for your dedication to telling a wonderful story.
Fresno, CA USA

Comments by Al Jamieson on Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 08:39 IP Logged
MS. Hillenbrand: Congratulations on this terrific book. Baby boomers like me cannot fully appreciate the trauma of those depression years and your book gives us perspective on that period before television and ubiquitous sports news of all types. Living here in Burlingame also added to the enjoyment of the book. I probably drive past the Tanforan shopping center every day and have attended Bay Meadows several time. Much of the Bay Meadows property (the practice track and stable area) is now being developed. Further, the stories about Crosby stir memories for all of us golf nuts who have followed the golf exploits of his son Nathaniel who is a fine gentleman. Your book has been one of the most enjoyable sports books I've ever read. Best regards
Burlingame, CA USA

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