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Comments by Kari Newman on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 01:39 IP Logged
A life-long fan of thoroughbred racing, I recently finished your book and nearly cried at the epalouge. There are many great horses that have captured our hearts this pas century, and Seabiscuit was, by far, one of the most memorable and heart-wrenching. As a young thoroughbred owner and race fanatic, I have watched racing greats such as Cigar, Skip Away, and Da Hoss gallop own the homestretch to the finish line in first, bringing joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. I can only imagion the thrill that Seabiscuit put on such an adoring and populated crouwd in a time of such turmoil. A gangly colt destined to becaome a classic American Icon, Seabiscuit did as few others have done: he pulled a Carry Back-style rags-to-riches classic tale that was beautifully recaptured by author Laura Hiltenbrand. The rush I got from reading the book must have been but a fraction of the feeling of the crowds at Belmont and Santa Anita, and the pride shared by Pollard, Howard, and Smith. Thank you for recognizing this great thoroughbred, aknowledging one of our best, and re-creating a perfect scene, giving the horse more than a name, but also a true personality, as each one is truely unique.
Chaska, MN USA

Comments by Glenda Lowery on Friday, November 30, 2001 at 01:01 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I apologize for posting this here. I read an article about your ongoing battle with CFS. My company just may have something that could be of great benefit to you. Please email me for details. Sincerely, Glenda Lowery
Lebanon, MO USA

Comments by Vahni Hughes on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
This is a copy of an email I sent to Oprah Winfrey: Last Thursday, while en route to my mother's house for our Thanksgiving day feast, I tuned into the Diane Rehm show on NPR. Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, was discussing the fantastic horse that inspired her book. I was completely drawn in by Laura's friendly voice and her stories about Seabiscuit, and after about 15 minutes, all I could think about was getting my hands on the book. Hoping that Amerian capitalism had reached an all-time high (or low), I pulled up to the lot of a Barnes & Noble, praying it would be open. Of course, it wasn't. I spent the rest of Thanksgiving Day talking about how intrigued I was by Laura, and that the first thing I intended to do tomorrow was not hit the mall looking for sales, but hit the bookstore and buy her book. Last night, tears streamed down my cheeks as I finished the book. I am smitten with Seabiscuit, and am awed by Laura's ability to make horse races just as thrilling on the pages of a book some 60 years later. I hope you will consider Seabiscuit: An American Legend for your book club, as it is deserving of the exposure, and an absolute delight for readers, both equestrian and civilian (like me). Laura is an extraordinarily talented writer, and has captured an important period in American history with eloquence, truth, and tenderness. If you do feature the book, I would LOVE to be on your panel and meet Laura. Thanks for your time, and read the book. You will love it! Vahni Hughes
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by Mira on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 08:27 IP Logged
Dear Laura, There are not enough superlatives to express how much I enjoyed your book. In my world, "Seabiscuit" is in a match race with "Gone With The Wind". I am honored to have your signature in my copy, having purchased it in an online auction through an organization that supports the rehabilitation, retraining, and retirement of Thoroughbreds when their racing careers have ended. My own 4 year old OTTB is a great-great-great-great grandson of War Admiral, and after reading your descriptions of Seabiscuit's rival, I am thrilled to report that my "Counsel" is as sweet and even-tempered as they come - thank goodness! I look forward to the documentary and movie. Very best wishes to you from our entire mixed species family.
Flower Mound, TX USA

Comments by Don Barry on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 08:17 IP Logged
Dear Miss Hillenbrand: Your book is a masterpiece of research-turned-thriller! I have never read the equal of your gripping descriptiion of a horse race. (After 40 years of riding Thoroughbreds, I can attest to the accuracy of your heart-pounding relation of what goes on under the saddle.) Seabiscuit is so good that it is probably the only book in which I find the acknowledgements interesting in themselves--especially since I know so many of the people you cited! Unfortunately, however, you were ill served by your editors, who allowed many grammatical and syntactical errors to appear. I cite but two: page 203, fourth-last line, "...but the mane plaits didn't lay [sic] right..." Since lay is a transitive verb, the word must be "lie right." On page 255, line 8:"...strong-armed into dismissing Milton, whom [sic] he and virtually all observers agreed had done nothing wrong..." Diagram the sentence, and you'll see that the word must be "who." They also should have caught the fact that there was no National Weather Service at the time; it was the Weather Bureau of the Department of Commerce. In spite of your incompetent editors, you have written a book that exhibits a delightful style, scholarly research, and which I shall reread many times. I only hope the movie will be worthy of it. Sincerely, Don Barry FOXHALL FARM THOROUGHBREDS
Sonoita, AZ USA

Comments by Katherine Shaffer on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 04:40 IP Logged
As a horse fanatic for 50 years, this story is awesome. I cried in various places through the entire story, and the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral gave me goosebumps. I read the narrative of that race five times just to relive it. A fantastic book, and a fantastic horse!
Hartford City, IN USA

Comments by Suzy Schauer on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 02:14 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand A life long interest in horses and 20 years training thoroughbred race horses were not the only reason for my purchase of your great book. First, let me introduce you to my former father-in-law, Archie McTaggart. Archie came west in a covered wagon and lived to see men walk on the moon. He was also a political person, twice mayor of Butte, MT. Since Butte had a larger population of Irish working the "richest hill on earth", he changed the spelling of MacTaggart (Scotch) to McTaggart (Irish). When Red Pollard arrived in Butte, maybe even younger than your research indicated, Archie provided him with a home. In fact, some felt that Archie raised Red. At any rate, Red sent Archie a win picture of Seabiscuit beating Kayak II signed "I done(sic) it and I'm glad." He also sent Archie his racing saddle which has his name carved or burned into it. Archie treasured these mementos. Upon his death at the age of 93 or 94, these were passed to his son who still has them. Interested? I can put you in touch with Bob McTaggart.
Malta, MT USA

Comments by David M. Appel on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura, My father is a long time trainer of thoroughbred horse in Maryland. His name is Charles H. Hadry,I have your book and with x'mas on its way I would like to know if there is a way to get in touch with you for a meetting so I may get you to sign the book for my father. I'm more than willing to meet with you in Washington D.C. just tell me were to meet you, time and date and I will be there. Here is my E-Mail address again DC1DAVE@MSN.COM
Virginia Beach, VA USA

Comments by Bill Mundy, Ph.D., MAI on Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 00:52 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand: I just finished reading "Seabiscuit." A very enjoyable book. The reason for writing you is that I own a firm that specializes in appraising "trophy" property, especially ranches. We are currently working on two projects that are along the CA. coast and I was wondering if there might be more specific information available from you on the location of Ridgewood, which is fairly close to one of the ranches we are valuing in the Redding area. I would like to stop by and have a look at Ridgewood, soulds as if there may be some "Seabiscuit history" there. Thanking you in advance, Bill Mundy.
Seattle, WA USA

Comments by Benjamin Sims on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 00:48 IP Logged
What a wonderful book. To maintain the suspense about a race whose results I already knew is magnificent. The people were so real, the racetrack lore so wonderful, that I felt I was transported back to 1938 and I was part of that crowd cheering for Seabiscuit. I have vague memories of seeing Native Dancer on tv when I was a little child, of seeing Secretariat and Northern Dancer and numerous other horses. But after reading your book I almost feel as if I had been along for the ride on Seabiscuit. Thanks for an especially enjoyable 300 plus pages.
Ridgewood, NJ USA

Comments by Bill Shevlin on Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
Congratulations on a magnificent book! Though I was only a young child at the time, I still remember my father listening to races on the radio and cheering for Seabiscuit. I don't recall when I have enjoyed a book so much. Your narratives of the races were particularly gripping. Thank you so much.
Port Charlotte, FL USA

Comments by Joyce Di Pietro on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
I just finished your book and have never been moved to make a comment or find out how to tell the author how much I have enjoyed the experience of the "ride". It was a delightful book which really got "under my skin"!! I could never wait to find out what his next milestone or dilemna would be. Thanks for a great reading adventure!! Once in awhile a book really STICKS with me and this one certainly did. I've recommended it several times over! Joyce
Pleasanton, CA USA

Comments by Nina on Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 00:37 IP Logged
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, My name is Nina and I am 11. I read your book, Seabiscuit an American Legend, and loved it. I love horses and want to become a horseback rider (I am not sure what kind) and an author. I chose your book for a book project for school and, if you have the time, would like to ask you some questions. 1. How did you go about collecting all the information for this book and how long did it take you? 2. What inspired you to write about Seabiscuit? 3. Are girls allowed to become jockeys and if yes did you ever want to become a jockey? Thanks you for your time and if your not able to get back to me by next Tuesday, the 4th of December, don't worry about it. I loved your book! Sincerely, Nina
Bowdoinham, ME USA

Comments by Sue Harris on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 09:34 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I just finished reading Seabiscuit out loud to my 11 year old horse-crazy daughter. We both were crying at the end because we felt like we had lost a close friend. It was a wonderful book--the characters are decribed so vividly. It was interesting to discover that Thistledown--a track that is nearby and where we sometimes attend races--was mentioned in your book. We recently spent a week in Lexington touring horse farms and going to the Horse Park and Keeneland, but your book really brought the world of horse racing to life for us. I noticed my daughter was taking the book with her to school today so she can start reading it to herself--a sure sign that she loved it as much as I did. Thanks so much, Sue Harris
Cleveland, OH USA

Comments by Jeremy Edge on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 09:31 IP Logged
Laura you probably know the good news by now! i've just left the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and you won. It's always shocked me that bookshops in the US have racing titles in the gambling section and not in the Sports section. You have taken Racing out of the gambling section through the Sports section and basically into a totally different level altogether.
London, UK

Comments by Joan Becker on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 05:56 IP Logged
During our Thanksgiving vacation, my husband and I read your book aloud to one another. After reading one of the racing accounts, I breathed deeply, saying: "My I'm exhausted, aren't you? That was an incredible race!" Obviously, I felt as though I had been in the stands rooting for the outcome. Since I've never been to a race, this was a fabulous subsitute. We commented often on your wonderful writing, the breathtaking, literally, way you engaged our sympathies, interests, and support. Looking at your research we discovered your remarkable creative work and applaud you for delving deeply in so many directions. Our Seattle friend put us on to this book on the telephone one day, so I immediately went to our local library which took almost three months to place a copy in my hand; now, we know why. We will be gifting others with copies of your fine work. Thank you for the work, the great read, the love at the heart of your writing and at the heart of the three men's stories which come together in great unity. What a message: men can honor the unique personalities of one another, so different, but be highly unified by a common love and task taking them in the same direction. The depth of your work, it seems to me, emerges in part from the compassion with which you viewed these and the other remarkable human beings. Do give us another great read when you are able!
Fresno, CA. USA

Comments by Jerry Freeland on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 01:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura I'm glad to hear you've recovered from your illness. It's been quite some time since I first read your wonderful story about Seabiscuit. It's still on my nightstand. If you or any of your many fans know of film or a video of any of Seabiscuit's races, please contact me at 858-452-7226 or send me an email message. Thanks again for a wonderful story, and I hope you write another book soon-maybe expand on the life of one of the main characters. Red Pollard would be a good topic. Jerry Freeland, La Jolla, CA
La Jolla, CA USA

Comments by GARY MEDEIROS on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 01:13 IP Logged
san leandro, CA USA

Comments by Nancy Parker on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 00:42 IP Logged
When I was 8 years old , my older sister asked me 'Who di I want to win the race, Sea Biscuit or War Admiral?Thanks to your wonderful book, I can relive those memories of the 1930"s and the passion people had for those two horses. I am going on to read the Racing Form now so I can keep abreast of the racing world.
New York , NY USA

Comments by Laura Hillenbrand on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse (published in America as Seabiscuit: An American Legend) has been named the 2001 winner of Great Britain's famed William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. One of the most prestigious literary prizes in Britain, the Sports Book of the Year Award carries a prize of 10,000 pounds (about $14,300), a free 1,000 pound bet, and a leather-bound copy of the winning book. Seabiscuit, which was chosen over four other shortlist titles, was published by Fourth Estate, Ltd. in the UK and Random House in the US. A long-term number one best seller in the United States, the book is currently being made into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Seabiscuit is also the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary, for which Hillenbrand is serving as a senior consultant. The award announcement was made to a media-packed audience in London.
Washington, DC USA

Comments by Chris Hagey on Monday, November 26, 2001 at 00:11 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Funny how fate works....we had put off our Thanksgiving road trip by one day and so were driving on Thanksgiving when I decided out of the blue to turn on the radio...there you were, just beginning your phone interview and I listened, enthralled, as you spoke of Seabiscuit. You are amazing and your book is one that I promised myself I'd pick up soon. As a holisitc practitioner I found myself perhaps most interested in the trainer biography (Tom Brown?) as it was emminently clear to me from the little you'd said about him that he was a man who could sense subtle energies and could tune into them, could and did work with them (just as I do) . Everything you said about him I understood. I am compelled to mention to you regarding CFS that what Tom did, you can learn as well in order to take back your power and your energy (and didn't you say that this is a book that keeps on giving? I sense there is even more than you may have thought :)....I was astounded to hear about your disability and am inspired by how much you've accomplished through it....I work for those with CSF and many other disfunctions, helping them to help themselves by working to harmonize their energy field and take back their lives (with a great success rate). This is what Seabiscuit's trainer understood, whether he did this consciously or not. (and no wonder he was more comfortable around animals than people as there would not have been many who worked as he did or understood that which he instinctively put into use.) If you do find youself intrigued in alternative / subtle energy work, please know that this is a mode that can accomodate you no matter where you are....for instance I myself only do remote work, meaning no physical meeting is required. Blessings to you, Sincerely, Chris Hagey
Troy, MI USA

Comments by kjkeller on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 09:45 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Thank you for one of the best days' reading I have ever had--I started the book at 10PM yesterday and couldn't stop--read straight through till 4PM finishing your final remarks with a good cup of tea and deep joy. I'm a native Marylander, with lots of time under my belt at Pimlico, adn fortunate to have seen Native Dancer's training base first hand. Your story on paper is as brilliant as the screenplay was for Phar Lap--an unlikely Austrailian racehorse with parallels of rough luck and phenomenal wins.If your screenwriters get stuck--have them watch Phar Lap --it is a memorable film. Your passion for horses and your vocation as writer are well matched--best of eveything to you!~Karla
San Francisco, CA USA

Comments by Clare Mansell on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 09:03 IP Logged
Laura, I so enjoyed (voraciously) devouring your book. I appreciate your research and total dedication to this project. Now I want to see some actual newsreel footage of the races - is it possible, and where?
Roswell, GA USA

Comments by Don Warren on Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 07:28 IP Logged
Dear Laura, About 6 months ago my wife & I were encouraged by some of our friends to take a 4 day tour of horse farms in Kentucky. Since we knew little about the world of thoroughbreds we booked the trip. Then, my brother fave me SEABISCUIT. I could not put it down. I made a recent trip from Charlotte, NC to Peace River, Alberta, Canada and on the way there and back I absorbed every word in your magnificient book. How can you possibly remember such detail and then put it on paper. You must be a genius. I want to learn more during our trip about the handicapping procedures (which I don't understand) as well as CLAIMER races. I really look forward to our trip since reading your book. Several days ago I heard you on Public Radio talking about your bout with CFS. It's hard to believe that you can put such energy on paper while wrestling with this illness. Laura, you have a wonderful gift of writing which I hope you continue to share with folks like me. Regards, Don Warren
Gastonia, NC USA

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