Seabiscuit: An American Legend MOBI À Seabiscuit: An


Seabiscuit: An American Legend There s an alternate cover edition hereSeabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in , receiving coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked legged racehorse with the sad tail Three men changed Seabiscuit s fortunes Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also ran into an American sports icon Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race From the Hardcover edition Laura Hillenbrand breathes life and intimate detail to the world of horse racing I loved Sea Biscuit, the underdog, who prevailed to a hero Laura writes non fiction like the best fiction, and I appreciate the way she makes it real Because of Seabisquit, I have attended horse races And even bet The latest race was the Breeders Cup at Del Mar, and the horse I bet on, One Wild Broad won What a thrill Rebecca Rosenberg THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS LONDONThe Secret Life of Mrs LondonPlease FOLLO Laura Hillenbrand breathes life and intimate detail to the world of horse racing I loved Sea Biscuit, the underdog, who prevailed to a hero Laura writes non fiction like the best fiction, and I appreciate the way she makes it real Because of Seabisquit, I have attended horse races And even bet The latest race was the Breeders Cup at Del Mar, and the horse I bet on, One Wild Broad won What a thrill Rebecca Rosenberg THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS LONDONThe Secret Life of Mrs LondonPlease FOLLOW I have been known to bet a couple of bucks on a horse race or two I lived in Kentucky for about 10 years where horse racing is king Now I live within a couple of hours of close to a dozen horse tracks including Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby Because of all this, I figured I might be interested in the biography of one of history s most famous horses I was definitely satisfied with the experience The story of Seabiscuit reads like it was written for Hollywood and plays out like I have been known to bet a couple of bucks on a horse race or two I lived in Kentucky for about 10 years where horse racing is king Now I live within a couple of hours of close to a dozen horse tracks including Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby Because of all this, I figured I might be interested in the biography of one of history s most famous horses I was definitely satisfied with the experience The story of Seabiscuit reads like it was written for Hollywood and plays out like almost every emotional sports story ever Humble beginnings, Scrappy, unlikely heroes, successes, adversity, failure, no hope, recovery, and final ultimate triumph all these elements are here You will be amazed, you will be moved, you will be yelling at each horse race retelling, cheering of Seabiscuit to succeed In the end, I can 99% guarantee you will be exhausted and satisfied.While it did not bother me, there is an awful lot about horse racing and horse training If these things do not interest you, you may find some parts slow Luckily for me, I was enthralled with horse training and the finer points of horse racing muchthat I ever thought I would be.If you enjoy a good sports story, if you like stories about the underdog becoming the champion, or if you enjoy books with a good history lesson, it is definitely worth giving Seabiscuit a try Prior to November 2003, non fiction only entered my reading choices on sporadic occasions In November 2003, a pioneering member of my book club was the first to choose a non fiction book instead of a novel That book was Seabiscuit Even though I have always loved horses, I had avoided reading Seabiscuit I just couldn t believe that all the hype was real So many times I had picked up a non fiction book on a topic that I was really curious about, and either put it down unfinished or forced mys Prior to November 2003, non fiction only entered my reading choices on sporadic occasions In November 2003, a pioneering member of my book club was the first to choose a non fiction book instead of a novel That book was Seabiscuit Even though I have always loved horses, I had avoided reading Seabiscuit I just couldn t believe that all the hype was real So many times I had picked up a non fiction book on a topic that I was really curious about, and either put it down unfinished or forced myself to slog through it Despite my interest in the subject matter, the writing would drive me crazy too technical, too boring, too text book like In fact, as one of those over achieving students who always completed college reading assignments, I would have to say that many textbooks were actually better reads than the average non fiction offering on store shelves Seabiscuit, I was happy to find, was a complete surprise The hype was real No wonder it had sold so many copies It really does read like a novel, and yet it is so deep Ms Hillenbrand has really explored her topic thoroughly and passes on all the details to us There is a section where she describes the jockeys experience of riding in a race that is one of the best pieces of prose I have ever, and will ever, read I read it over and over It s so visceral, she really puts you in the saddle, plus the prose is beautiful in and of itself Another reason for the success of this novel is her success at placing the events in their historical context She not only puts you in the saddle, she takes you back in time This was one of the universally best received choices we ve read in book club Everyone loved it, whether or not they cared at all about horses or sports And ever since then, I ve given non fictionchances, and with better luck, than ever before Sometimes I still put one down unfinished, but now that I know how they can be, I tryoften I highly recommend Seabiscuit to any of the following people anyone who has the slightest interest in horses or sports, anyone who thinks jockeys have an easy job, anyone interested in American history, anyone with no interest in horses who just loves good writing, anyone who thinks non fiction is dull and would welcome a surprise, and EVERYONE ELSE o Update, 2011Just finished reading for the second time, this time aloud Still LOVE this book And while reading aloud which really makes you take your time I was powerfully struck again by the Ms Hillenbrand s facility with language to say she has a way with words is entirely inadequate to express the beauty and expressiveness of her writing But although beautiful, please don t think her writing might be too prosy it is NOT unnecessarily flowery or overbearing Seabiscuit is simply a fabulous read 4.5 stars What a remarkable story Brilliant once it got going, and wonderfully crafted by Laura Hillenbrand.I learned a lot about horses and racing And that jockeys are badass

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 457 pages
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend
  • Laura Hillenbrand
  • English
  • 10 February 2017
  • 0345465083

About the Author: Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand born 1967 is the author of the acclaimed Seabiscuit An American Legend, a non fiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001 The book later became the basis of the 2003 movie Seabiscuit Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Equus magazine, American Heritage, The Blood Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf and Sport Digest, and many other publications Her 1998 American Heritage article on the horse Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing.Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Hillenbrand studied at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but was forced to leave before graduation when she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome, which she has struggled with ever since She now lives in Washington, D.C.


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