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Comments by John K. Rafferty on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 09:53 IP Logged
Miss Hillenbrand: Outstanding in every respect! I have an entirely new respect and appreciation for horse racing and for those involved. Watching a race will never be the same. Your research on the subject was so wll done and your final presentation, magnificent! Thank you.
Hamilton, NJ USA

Comments by Natalie on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 08:00 IP Logged
This is great. It is wonderful how an old story of a hard trying horse can give so much boost to a whole sport. I am really looking forward tot his movie. Thank you!!!
Bellvue, CO USA

Comments by Lauren Hayer on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 06:33 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have never been a fan of horseracing before, but I'm certainly one now. I can only imagine the work you must have put into that book, it shows. I read a lot of books on a lot of topics and am very rarely moved as I have been with Seabiscuit. I told my husband I want a picture of him for Xmas! I am saving that book to read to my children, what an inspiration! Yours sincerely Lauren Hayer
Jersey City, NJ USA

Comments by Terri Knight on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 03:08 IP Logged
I understand why the reviews were so good. I enjoyed the book very much. I thought it even more interesting because it was written by a woman when there is no question that horse racing is a man's world. I read on the book jacket that you are involved in a movie deal about the story. I will defintely see it if you are involved. Good writing.
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Comments by allen tamura on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 09:43 IP Logged
Laura, Growing up near Santa Anita, I do recall hearing stories of Seabiscut, but never heard the whole story. Thanks for your engaging story. You managed to capture beautifully the racing scene at the tim and the melding of the human spirit to help a cantakerous horse like Seabiscut realize his full potential. We all learned from the experience and the reason we don't want this story to end.
The Woodlands, TX USA

Comments by Michael L. Locklair on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 04:41 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm not a horse man, Don't ride and really can't even remember watching the Kentucky Derby on Television. An unlikley fan to say the least, but you now have one in me . Your book had me spellbound. I couldn't put it down. Your beautiful writing held me throughout and at times I even felt my heart racing as Seabisquit came down the homestretch. Thank you for a fantastio read. Sincerely, Michael L. Locklair
Charleston, SC USA

Comments by Tom Jebb on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 04:20 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Finally got around to reading your book which was given to me as a birthday present last August. I had two friends tell me how much they liked the book. I finished it in three days and enjoyed it immensely. As a horseplayer for 50 years and a recent owner, I have attended the races at many of the tracks in your book,in the East and here in California. Congratulations on a very well-researched book, with in-depth character studies!
Camarillo, Ca USA

Comments by Lucretia Smith on Monday, December 10, 2001 at 01:55 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I so enjoyed your captivating overview of Seabiscuit's history during your PBS interview by Diane Rehm. I promptly ordered your book. Your vocal presentation during the show belied the personal, serious health challange you courageously endure. I realize that you have probably been inundated with well meaning suggestions. I will add yet another to your list. As difficult as it may be for you to believe, there is truly something available, unique, non toxic and referenced by many thousands of scientific papers. I have a personal fried who, as a corporate executive, became totally disabled for ten years with CF/FM. She too, had tried scores of healing approaches & had about given up when she finally found relief and renewed health through nutraceutical supplementation. Since you indicated that your condition is continually worsening (in spite of what corrective modalities you have explored), I implore that you and/or your health care professional, review the Nutritional Science Site: "www.glycoscience.com" Home Page: Click "Consolidated Review of Potential Benefits". Click 1. then scroll through the Review noting the extensive range of scientifically validated, health related benefits associated with glyconutrients. Continue to scroll near bottom to "Other Biological Effects" and click on each of the four CF/FM referenced papers for supporting data. Laura, may you remain open to all possibilities. There is a natural way back to optimum health! Lucretia
Ashland, OR USA

Comments by Matthew Karns on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 07:23 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand. I was just wondering if there are any videos available similar to the tape which was being looped at the Racing Museum's Seabiscuit exhibit of the match race with War Admiral, the 1940 SA Handicap, other footage and races of Seabiscuit. I can only find tapes available on e-Bay and they are going for $60-$100; too much for me as badly as I would like to obtain it! Also, when is the PBS documentary scheduled? The film is going to be wonderful; I can picture something similar to the "Phar Lap" film of a few years back. Again, thanks for the book. It touches my heart in a different way each time I read it.
Bloomsburg, PA USA

Comments by Susan Peterson on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 05:12 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Your book is our book club's selection this month. Not a fan of horses or racing, I otherwise wouldn't have read it. I found it entertaining & a real page turner, and the Western history was of particular interest. I'm looking forward to the PBS documentary.
Fort Collins, CO USA

Comments by Joe Czachowski on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 04:47 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I don't go to the racetrack often though there are two nice ones in NJ, Monmouth being historical as well. When I do go, I don't win a lot of money, but I enjoy just watching those magnificent animals work. As a historian myself, I understand the contribution horses made in so many facets of American life. After reading Seabiscuit, which I purchased in the Georgetown B&N for fifty percent off (I couldn't turn that down)I was fascinated by the book. I didn't think reading about a particular horse race could be as exciting as seeing one in person, but you made it so. It is one of the most extraordinary biographies I've ever read. It tells the story of not just Seabiscuit, but also of a period in our history, and that is an added bonus. I am looking forward to the PBS offering and the movie. Thank you for writing the book. J. Czachowski
Union, NJ USA

Comments by John Finnigan on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 04:46 IP Logged
I have been recommended to read the story of Seabiscuit.I think the entries in your guest book are proof indeed that this is essential reading. As a lover of the turf and horseracing,living within a stones throw of Aintree racecourse, the home of the Grand National and another great racehorse Red Rum,winner of 3 Nationals and second twice,I love to read about anything which raises the spirit and I am looking forward to reading the story of this great racehorse.
liverpool, UK

Comments by Al Baroni on Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 01:23 IP Logged
Hi Laura, Thank you so much for writing about the Biscuit...and for so accurately pinpointing the lives of those around the racing world; it is indeed a small family. I particularly enjoyed your story of Bert Baroni's bet in the Gold Cup; alas, poor Specify. My father actually had looked at Seabiscuit as a 2 year old,offered at a very cheap price, but chose to pass on him because of his leg structure...He bought Top Row instead, which won the '36 Santa Anita Handicap...another cheaply priced colt with no great bloodline. He did regret his decision to pass on the Biscuit, and that may have resulted in such a heavy bet in the Gold Cup. My father was a good study of the overlooked colt , and trained his own horses until late in his career. Thanks again for your excellent work.
Santa Barbara, Ca USA

Comments by Dana L. Strauss on Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 02:17 IP Logged
I have been a lover of horses all my life but never had much of an interest in horseracing. After reading "Seabiscuit", I fell in love again, this time not only the horse, but all the people surrounding him. Thank you for your wonderful research which brought this story to touch my heart.
Novato, Ca USA

Comments by Jeannette Giangrande on Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 00:17 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I was driving to Michigan to meet my husband and had a Public Radio station on. It was the interview you did about the book. I have always loved horse racing (and horses) and the story just grabbed my attention. I was hoping the station would stay clear til you were done. And it did. My husband just wrote a book and he just loved you web site. It really grabs you eye. I loved Man'O War, Kelso, Candy Spots, and all the other race horses of my youth. I can't wait to get the book and read it. I'm sure it will make me cry and smile for the underdog. Thank you for bringing the story back for a new generation to read. Horses were the super heros of that era!!! I have 2 horses of my own and ride dressage. At 53 years old I am loving my life with my horses more and more each day. Please take care of yourself and God Bless.
Woodburn, in USA

Comments by Barbara Galletta on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 09:55 IP Logged
Laura, Just read the article on you in the Journal Nov.2001 issue. I have also suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and for years could not find anyone to believe me. Just wanted you to know you are not alone. The book sounds very interesting - I will be reading it soon. Feel well.
FFL USA

Comments by Pete Keane on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 06:29 IP Logged
Laura, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. The language and pace of the book was as fine as I've encountered in a work of non-fiction. You have an exceptional gift. I heard of the book through my father and your father, Bernie. My dad, Mark Keane, and your dad are long-time friends. In fact, I think there are few greater pleasures for your dad or mine than to sit down over the phone or in person and argue with great fervor and animation over a incredible breadth of subjects. Having met your dad on several occassions (the most recent was the groundbreaking ceremony for the WWII monument in DC), I had heard him "brag" about his gifted daughter. Assuming that your dad, like mine, grossly exagerated the talents of his offspring, I took his enthusiastic (picture arms and hands gesturing rather madly)comments about you and your book with a grain of salt. However, after my dad, a rather discerning reader, recommended the book to me, I was off to pick it up. I read it some months ago, and I'm very belatedly congratulating you on a tremendous accomplishment. Few of us create something so substantial and lasting in our lives. Your dad has every reason to be proud and so do you, Laura. By the way, like you, I grew up in DC. I now live in Charlotte, NC with my family. I still get up to DC to visit two brothers that live in the area. I wish you good health (your father has told me of your health struggles and I pray that you'll see better days ahead) and good writing. Pete Keane
Charlotte, NC USA

Comments by DRYAN on Friday, December 07, 2001 at 05:28 IP Logged
DEAR LAURA: HAD THE PLEASURE TO READ YOUR BOOK ON A LONG TRAIN RIDE FROM CHICAGO TO NEW YORK. IT IS A PLEASURE TO FIND SUCH A BOOK THAT EXTOLS THE ENDURING PLEASURES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING WITHIN A WELL CRAFTED AND WRITTEN RESEARCH DOCUMENT. I ONLY WISH THAT MORE PEOPLE OF YOUR AGE AND YOUNGER WOULD DISCOVER THE JOY OF THE RACE TRACK, A MICROCOSM OF LIFE AND A CELEBRATION OF MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS. SEABISCUIT LIVES IN HORSES LIKE TIZNOW. WE ALL SHOULD LOOK BEYOND THE WEAKNESSES OF THE SPORT AND ENJOY ITS ENDURING PLEASURES. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR WORK.
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ USA

Comments by Michael Rosenberg on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 06:38 IP Logged
Seabiscuit was one of the greatest books I've ever read. Eventhough it was non-fiction and the results were well known, I couldn't put the book down. I am collector of signed books. Is there any way to get a signed copy? Are you doing any book signings in the New York City area? I will gladly forward my copy along with a stamped return envelope. Many, many thanks.
Forest Hills, NY USA

Comments by kayser on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 05:42 IP Logged
read your book; enjoyed it immensely. my neighbor heard the interview on NPR. here's something i heard recently: women were having very good success in fighting CFS by avoiding foods with aspertain and MSG. regards.
san antonio, tx USA

Comments by Sharon Louise on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 02:25 IP Logged
Thank you so much for writing this fabulous book. Heard the interview on PR and was hooked. I found myself shouting aloud w/ excitement as I read your book. I have always loved horses and have listened to and read about horseracing most of my life. Maybe it has something to to w/ my horse-playing father who passed on when I was 10 yrs old. Reading your book made me so wish he were here today so we could talk about those days he must have enjoyed so much. Thank you again! Look forward to the movie. Have you written any other books?
Rolling Meadows, IL USA

Comments by Heidi Quinn on Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 02:02 IP Logged
Laura-As a life-long rider rider with more than a decade's worth of Equus on my shelves (at 34), I'm ashamed to admit that to me, Seabiscuit was just a racehorse in an ancient boardgame I played as a child. An avid reader, I was intrigued by the fact you chose to write about him and spellbound by the talent you have for placing the reader right there. You have done Seabiscuit, Smith, Red and the Howards a great service by showing us all how they could come together and pull of something of this magnatude. It's almost unbelievable. You are to be congratulated on a beautiful piece of work. Tell the grammar police to relax; 'who' instead of 'whom'? I was really interested in getting to who won the next race and if it would rain!!
Carolina, RI USA

Comments by Jeff Moznett on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 06:52 IP Logged
Laura, I just bought the book for my Dad for Christmas... He grew up helping my great uncle, who was an owner/trainer of Sweepida (winner of the Santa Anita Derby in 1940!) I'd love to talk to you about the upcoming film... HAPPY HOLIDAYS! = ) Hope your well, Jeff
studio city, ca USA

Comments by Helen Josey on Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 05:43 IP Logged
Dear Laura:I grew up reading CW Anderson's books about throughbreds.You don't have to be a horselover to love your book as you made the human characters such an integral part of the story.I devoured every book I could find on horses as a kid, and this brought back my childhood in a sense.You are now on the list of my heroes. My niece has cfs and I told her she would be inspired by the book. I can see Dustin Hoffman playing Red Pollard to a T. I can hardly wait to see the film and look forward to the documentary on pbs.
White City , Or USA

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