Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged... show more
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more 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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: July 1st 2003
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 457
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, American History
, Biography Memoir
, Sports And Games
This is the story of a racehorse, Seabiscuit, who became a darling of the public during the Great Depression. Back then racing was big in America and a lot of people saw their own struggles reflected in this underdog horse and his winning spirit. This is the kind of book that reviewers love to say r...
I wasnt sure if I would like this as I usually don't get excited about sports related writing but this book was extremely interesting and suspenseful. Definitely a "root for the underdog" kind of story. The challenges this jockey and horse went through are unreal! Plus it was neat to read all the fa...
The only reason why I'm giving this book 2 stars, is that it was a little bit better than fifty shades of Grey, and I don't think they deserve to be in the same categories.
This review is not to revere SeaBiscuit, he doesn’t need me to expound upon his virtues, he’s already won the honors of the greatest racehorse in history and you would be a fool not to read this book and enjoy the ride; this review is to honor the author Laura Hillenbrand. Never have I seen such pa...
Yes, Seabiscuit was a genius. For a horse, he was a genius. I love this author. I love Seabiscuit. I just loved the whole thing. And I hate horse racing as a sport because it is simply exploitation of horses for gambling profits. But because Seabiscuit was such a treasure, I was willing to overlook ...