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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

Comments by Joseph Mosbacher (mossy) on Friday, September 28, 2001 at 09:42 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have been trying to contact you,but am finding it very difficult to locate an address. I would like to thank you for mentioning me in your book. It is one of the best I have ever read. My friends all agree. No one could have researched or written this story any better than you did. I understand that you will be working with Universal Pictures on the prodiction of Seabiscuit. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you in any way you think that I might be useful to help authenticate your movie. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Mossy
Oceanside , ca. USA

Comments by John Carlyle on Friday, September 28, 2001 at 09:35 IP Logged
Thank you so much for "Seabiscuit". Your artistry make Red Pollard, George Woolf, Tom Smith, and Charles Howard live again - forever - in a book every bit as moving, heartbreaking and galvanizing as any horserace. As for Seabiscuit; how I wish I could bow my head in tribute under that oak tree "somewhere in the high country that once was Ridgewood." I hope this finds you in good health; at the ready with a whip - if need be - to ensure that, this time, your time, "Seabiscuit" can be made into a movie as memorable as your book. Most sincerely, John Carlyle
Los Angeles, CA USA

Comments by Chris Roberts on Friday, September 28, 2001 at 07:05 IP Logged
I am a race caller and a publicist at a Canadian Racetrack. This is the finest piece of race writing I have ever read. Congratulations Ms. Hillenbrand. Truly a magnificent work of sport, culture and history.
Canada

Comments by Sharon on Friday, September 28, 2001 at 01:44 IP Logged
I thoughly enjoyed reading your fantastic book about Seabiscuit.I had often heard about this famous race horse, but had no info about him until reading your book.As the former owner of a thoroughbred racing claims horse,it was a pleasure to get aquainted with Seabiscuit and to come to know his life history. I anxiously await the release of the upcoming movie.Thank you, Laura.
Wellsville, PA USA

Comments by George Cernansky on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 08:44 IP Logged
Laura, Great work! I loved your book. Are you going to the Breeders Cup this year at Belmont? Me and 6 friends from around the country are going and I would love the opportunity to meet you. I work in Orlando as a physical therapist but really want to make a mark in the horse game. Take care and again your book was terrific and looking forward to meeting you at the Breeders Cup. George Cernansky
Maitland, FL USA

Comments by Paul Davis on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 08:31 IP Logged
I just want to say what a book! I've loved horse racing since I was a child and now I feel like one again. I studied the racing history and discovered the exploits of Seabiscuit many years ago, and always longed for a complete account. You have succeeded. The power and heart of this book is just wonderful. I laughed, and I cried. I feel in love, again. Two questions: 1) Was the cover picture taken on hundred grand day? It has the date of March 5, 1940, but I thought the race was on March 3, 1940. 2) Where's that oak tree? Thanks for a wonderful trip.
Greensboro, NC USA

Comments by Wayne Salus on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 07:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I enjoyed your book as have many others. However, I was puzzeled by impost weights. Why don't they race horse against horse, maybe with a minimum weight so they don't have 50 pound jockeys? Obviously I am not a horse person nor a race person. It did appear that the high impost weights were a tremendous disadvantage to Seabiscuit. He would have won many more races and set more track records at reasonable impost weights. Wayne
Wa USA

Comments by Peter B on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 06:30 IP Logged
The idea to write a book about the story of an equine athelte and his human connections is extraordinary. I hope that your book will help to become like a gateway for the parts of our society and culture that are not exposed to the fine and beautiful aspects of the throughbred horse. If it would be possible, I would like to puurchase an autographed copy of your book for my library - please contact me if this could be done. You have doe well. Best regards.
La Canada, CA USA

Comments by Carol LaDuke on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 04:06 IP Logged
Laura, This is the BEST book I have read in the last 10 years! I was unable to put it down and could hardly wait for the "next race". You are phenomenal writer. By any chance,are you coming to West Palm Beach Florida? I would love to have you sign my book..Thanks!!!! With Kind Regards... Carol LaDuke
Loxahatchee, FL USA

Comments by Loretta Whelan on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 03:16 IP Logged
I haven't read your book, just your plight against CFS. Having gone through a year and a half struggle to understand Fibromyalgia, I was recently introduced to a book, which may be of some interest to you and which covers CFS as well as Fibro and a number of other illnesses that are tough to diagnose. It's called The MindBody Prescribtion: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John E. Sarno, M.D...Alot of it makes sense. What have you got to lose? You're too young to spend the rest of your life this way. Good luck
W.Berlin, NJ USA

Comments by Suzanne Fronko on Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 00:07 IP Logged
Dear Laura; I just finished reading your wonderful and inspiration book. I'm a school librarian and during period 2 this morning while I was supervising eighth graders who were visiting the library, I found myself grabbing for Kleenex, tears rolling down my cheeks. Some of the kids noticed and asked if I was OK. I told them Seabiscuit just won the Santa Anita Handicap. They looked at me somewhat quizzically so I held up your book and told them that we'd have a book talk about it when they next came to the library. My sister had recommended your book to me and told me that she used to race home from work so that she could see what was going to happen next. She was right I could not put it down once I had begun. Thank you and congratulations for producing one of the best, if not, the best piece of sports non-fiction that I've ever read. Sue Fronko, librarian Moon Middle School Library 1407 Beers School Road Moon Township PA 15108
Moon Township, PA USA

Comments by Doty Adcock on Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 08:41 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have been a professional horse trainer for over 40 years (hunters-Jumpers)and have never read a horse story that captivated me as much as Seabiscuit did. Not only the story of a wonderful horse but a story of the people behind the horse. I don't believe today that one could find 3(4)people as dedicated as these people were. It truly is a story of what on can do if he truly loves his profession and the people that surrond him. About 3 years ago a friend was visiting me from Montana. She brought with her a pencil head study of Seabiscuit she had bought in a antique store in Billings MT. The picture is very old and is in it's original frame. The artist is R.H. Palenske. At the time she gave it to me it was a nice gift, however it has become very precious to me and hangs in a prominate spot. I can only hope the movie is as carefully done as your book. I look forward to seeing it and will probably be the first one in line.
Oconomowoc, Wi USA

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