Seabiscuit: An American Legend
The true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse -- Seabiscuit -- that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history, as the 20th-century's greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds. Now a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross and starring Toby... show more
The true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse -- Seabiscuit -- that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history, as the 20th-century's greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds. Now a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross and starring Toby Maguire and Jeff Daniels. In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history, just as Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks leading to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. 'Seabiscuit' is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty-stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.
Publish date: 2002
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd.
Pages no: 448
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 ...