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Comments by Tim Mazanec on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 09:40 IP Logged
Absolutely fantastic book, I look forward to not only the movie, but reading the book again before the Triple Crown next year. By far, the best tribute written about a champion that I have read. Reading all the other comments says it all, a book unlike any other. Bravo!!
Boston, MA USA

Comments by dr. tom hennie on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 08:26 IP Logged
dear ms hillenbrand; there are no words to express the passion i felt reading your book. every emotion was depicted in this novel..i look so forward to the movie...as an aside, i did notice a grammar error on page 305 in the phrase" throw from horse" instead probably should have been thrown from horse, regarding luther...good luck and god bless you for writing this book.
cleveland, oh USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 07:55 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: Come meet me at a question and answer session at Olsson's Books and Records on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland on October 13 at 5:00 PM.  Signed bookplates will be available.  This is my first public appearance since my book debuted in March. Olsson's can be reached at 301-652-3336.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Ed Berkle on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 06:23 IP Logged
SEABISCUIT, AN AMERICAN LEGEND is a winner by 10 lengths!
Philadelphia, Pa USA

Comments by Ellen E. Boring on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 03:31 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand ~ We could all use (although there will never be) another Seabiscuit story in order to bring a little joy into these dark and trying times. Like so many things in life there is light at the end of the track/road ~ The reader experiences first hand the courage, strength, stamina and miles of hear this little horse had and all those who were a part of the great story .. He's gone (along with his keepers) but never forgotten. I was fortunate to listen in on Sam Spear's "At the Track" radio interview(s) - at the end of the hour all listeners were crying for more from you - you certainly captured the spirit of what life is all about - your readers await a new adventure but will always remember Seabiscuit as being the only jewel in everyone's Triple Crown. Your eloquent written story has captured the hearts of America - even those who are not horse people. Thank you for sharing so much of your time and skills to give your readers the ride of their lives - your dedication to excellence has given your readers a wonderful gift of reading history ~ THANKS AGAIN!!! Ellen & David Boring
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 01:25 IP Logged
FROM THE AUTHOR: In reply to the last note, Marcela Howard had a long and happy life after her husband's death. She remarried, but stayed deeply involved in the lives of Howard's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She died in 1987. Ridgewood had to be sold upon Howard's death, and his horses were dispersed at auction. The property has been divided somewhat, and though much of the old timber and redwoods were felled, it has not been developed and retains much of its old beauty. A church now owns the main part of it, where Seabiscuit's grave and his old barn lie. Lastly, Lin Howard did stay involved in racing, but to my knowledge, his descendants have not.
USA

Comments by Kathryn Morgan on Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Your book was recommended to me by an attorney friend that loves history but has no interest in horses. He did me a great favor. As a person who has a passion for history and a tremendous love for horses I could not resist the book. What a wonderful story. The characters seemed so real that practically jumped from the pages into my world. That goes for Seabicuit as well as the humans involved. I laughed, cried, learned more than I expected about racing and the world of 1930s.I wanted to know more and more about the horses and the people and their lives(I even cried for War Admiral when he lost the race). We horse owners know that horses have personalities and that if competing they know when and if they have done a good job! Thank you for a truly wonderful historical account of racing and life in the 1920s and 1930s. By the way I think many readers wonder what happened to Marcela, what happened to their beloved Ridgewood Ranch and did the family continue their horse racing interests after Charles Howard died? I think I read that Lindsay Howard continued the tradition and perhaps his son? I would love to think that their love for horses lived on for generations and that somewhere in Northern California Seabicuit still has a beautiful and peaceful home.Thank you for making a generous impact on my life.
Kansas City, Mo USA

Comments by Denise Rakes on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 09:40 IP Logged
I erroneously hit the wrong button before my message was finished...I wanted you to know what a gift you have given so many people. Your book is so wonderful and full of detail. I have never read anything that has affected me as this has. Seabiscuit will always be a treasure in the hearts of many because of your hard work. Thank You.
USA

Comments by Denise Rakes on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 09:39 IP Logged
I erroneously hit the wrong button before my message was finished...I wanted you to know what a gift you have given so many people. Your book is so wonderful and full of detail. I have never read anything that has affected me as this has. Seabiscuit will always be a treasure in the hearts of many because of your hard work. Thank You.
USA

Comments by Denise Rakes on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 09:34 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I grew up in Potter Valley, Ca where the Howard family spent alot of time. The history of Seabiscuit is rich around this area. In Potter Valley there are people who remember Seabiscuit and were lucky enough to have seen him.
Ukiah, Ca USA

Comments by James E. Nickelson on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 08:13 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand--- I just finished reading Seabiscuit. Btavo ! Most non-fiction writers have good reasearch behind their work. Yours was meticulous and excellent. What really sets your book apart is a writing style that is exciting, compelling and at times poignant. Few writers have such talent. You had a good story and rode to a "hundred grander" that George Wolff and Red Pollard would have been pround of. I did find one error in the text. On page 222 of my edition you write, "Alexander found Pollard lying prone with his leg up in traction----". I hope that Pollard was supine at the time. Lying on ones stomach and having a leg elevated in traction would be comical if not altogether painful Thanks for this splendid book... Sincerely, James E. Nickelson jasnicklv@yahoo.com
Las Vegas, NV USA

Comments by Laura Ford on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 05:31 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand: As someone who knows nothing about horses, let me say that after reading only part of your terrific book (I stopped to e-mail my first fan letter ever) I'm hoping you will write a history of Man 'O War, or a history of anything, for that matter. It's hard for me to find a book I can't put down, and let me tell you, this is one. Any interest in classical music? I am a classical (and jazz) piano teacher, and we could sure use more bios on the composers (or another non-human -- the piano itself) that are as captivating and have as much style as Seabiscuit. I might just have to subscribe to EQUUS just to read your articles! Brava and encore!
Bothell, WA USA

Comments by Mike Jones on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 01:51 IP Logged
When I saw your interview on Good Morning America I was intrigued. My work took me to the Page and Pallet book store in Fairhope, Al that afternoon and I purchased your book. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. As a person who grew up reading The Black Stallion, Flame and every other book by Walter Farley I have had a lifelong love of horses and horseracing. You have made me remember what drew me to them in the first place. Seabiscuit was a book that I wanted to finish reading, but at the same time, wanted to postpone finishing. I enjoyed it very much. Once again, thank you for a most enjoyable and most memorable read.
Daphne, AL USA

Comments by Steve Huff on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 00:44 IP Logged
I echo the accolades below--but you deserve more. You have received full credit for your writing, but not enough for your thinking. Not only did you research Seabiscuit tirelessly and completely, you assembled the huge body of information into an effortless storyline. What truly distinguishes this book, though, is it's exploration of what really hooks a reader--the exuberant quest for an unlikely goal. Somehow, you portray characters that are both larger than life and vividly personal, each charging toward his or her place in history. And now, that history is part of me forever. Thank you.
Stuart, VA USA

Comments by Catherine Fitz on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 09:16 IP Logged
I have just finished reading Seabiscuit and thoroughly enjoyed every page as well as learning so much about racing and the importance of the chemistry between horse, owner, trainer and rider. My book club is meeting next Tuesday evening to discuss Seabiscuit and I know it will be a terrific discussion. Hope you are in better health, I read of your battle with CFS in the Washington Post some time ago.
USA

Comments by Alan P. Balutis on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 08:31 IP Logged
Would the author be available to speak at a conference, the CIO Summit, November 11-13, in Scottsdale, AZ. We would like her to be our closing speaker on the evening of Tuesday, the 13th. We would pay travel expenses amd a stipend. Please let me know if this might be doable and, if so, how I could pursue this request. Loved the book -- an inspirational story. Hence this invite. Thank you.
Fairfax, VA USA

Comments by GARY MEDEIROS on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 03:28 IP Logged
LAURA.. BEEN MEANING TO WRITE YOU SINCE I FINISHED THE BOOK SOME TIME AGO,, AS YOU KNOW I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING HORSE RACING FOR EXACTLY 50 YEARS AND I CAN SAY WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT YOUR BOOK WAS THE BEST THAT I HAVE EVER READ RELATED TO HORSE RACING OR TO ANY OTHER SUBJECT, FOR THAT MATTER,, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN AND IT WAS A GREAT BREAK IN THE STRESS OF THE DAY. THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING ME IN THE BOOK AND I WAS GLAD TO HELP,, I FOUND YOUR ORIGINAL EMAIL FROM 1999 AND I AM GLAD I SAVED IT. I SHOULD HAVE SENT YOU MORE INFORMATION ON CALIENTE BUT YOU TOLD IN YOUR BOOK MUCH MORE THAN I COULD HAVE EVER HELPED YOU WITH RELATING TO THIS GREAT HORSE. GOING THROUGH SOME ITEMS YESTERDAY I FOUND SOME INTERESTING CANDID PHOTOS OF HORSES AT SANTA ANITA IN 1939 AND 1940 WHICH INCLUDED BOTH SEABISCUIT AND KAYAK II ALONG WITH HOWARD AND SMITH WALKING ALONG SIDE THESE GREAT HORSES. ALSO ONE OF POLLARD. WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL LATER ALONG WITH A JPEG OF THE PICTURES. AGAIN,, I THANK YOU FOR THE BOOK,, AND LIKE OTHERS, LOOK FORWARD TO THE MOVIE,, BEST, GARY
san leandro, CA USA

Comments by Karen Whedon on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 02:03 IP Logged
I loved the book, and just checked out the October issue of Attache Magazine online. FYI, I did not see the article on Red Pollard. Might you know if it has been postponed for a future issue? Thank you very much.
Cincinnati, OH USA

Comments by J Carrier on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 01:16 IP Logged
Haven't had a chance to read your book yet but just wanted to tell you I use to own a great granddaughter of Seabiscuit, when I seen his pictures it brought back meany memories of my horse, her name was cutie Rosebud, she was 15.2 hands, crooked legged just like seabiscuits picture, got to read your book to see if she had his temperament to. as she had a temperament, change the type of bit, she would buck, she also wore full cup blinkers with holes in back, (or she would buck) must go read your book..JEC
Pine River , Manitoba Canada

Comments by Geraldine Glidden on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Nifty book. Am still picking mud out of my teeth. My husband has been hanging over my shoulder for days waiting for me to relinquish your story to him. He'll love it as did I. For some reason, he still keeps his folks' Daily Racing Form from September 1949 in the bookcase. Now it will get dusted off. Thanks for a great time.
Pasadena, CA USA

Comments by Dr. Frank Pipers on Monday, October 01, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
I a a veterinarian and generally focus/obsess on aspects of the horse involving disease and disfunction. By contrast, I found this text spellbinding. This story is mesmorizing as a tale but it also is a metaphor for life's struggles and all that is right with this country and the world. We all hope that with inherent talent ,a bit of good fortune and lots of hard work we can achieve success. You are a brilliant story teller, your research activities were nothing short of impressive and I cannot wait for your next effort. After finishing the book I stumbled across your photo, I am not sure what I expected but never someone so attractive and vampish. Thank you for enriching my life with this text. keep up the great work
Atlanta, GA USA

Comments by John Rademacher on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 05:14 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbran, My experience with horses has been limited to weekly lessons as a member of Culver Military Academy's Black Horse Troop when I was 15 years old. I was nervous on horses and didn't really appreciate them, that is until I read your book. I'm always eager to read a good, non-fiction book and yours has to rank at the top. I'm not by any means a qualified critic but I think you write extremely well. You not only put the story together so well, but you write with clarity, honesty, and authenticity. I'm telling all my friends and anyone who will listen about your book. Congratulations for such a magnificent achievement. I hope the new movie does justice to your book. With great respect and admiration, John Rademacher
Oak Point, TX USA

Comments by Barrbara McGlothern on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 03:53 IP Logged
The book is wonderful, well written, and every page interesting, I've fallen in love with Seabiscuit. Who will be in the movie? I hope they do it well....
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Marena McElhanon on Saturday, September 29, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Thank you for an elegant, moving, amazing book on an amazing horse. I am a voracious reader, but I can't recall EVER having read a book where history and horsemanship were so beautifully crafted in a nonfiction (or fiction, for that matter) book. Can't wait to see the movie!
Lewisville, Tx USA

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