An American Legend

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A deluxe illustrated edition of one of the most beloved books of our time, with nearly 150 historic photographs personally selected by the author

The spellbinding true story of how three men and a great racehorse captivated a nation, Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit: An American Legend became an immediate number one bestseller and cultural phenomenon upon its publication in 2001. Named one of the best books of the year by more than twenty publications--including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, People, USA Today, and The Economist --Seabiscuit was also honored as the BookSense Nonfiction Book of the Year and the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and was a finalist for several other major prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

For this lavishly illustrated special edition, author Laura Hillenbrand has written a new Introduction and selected nearly 150 rare photographs from historic archives and private collections. Seabiscuit tells the story of three remarkable men: Charles Howard, a bicycle repairman who made a fortune by introducing the automobile to the American West; Red Pollard, a failed prizefighter and failing jockey who was abandoned as a boy at a makeshift racetrack; and Tom Smith, an enigmatic mustang breaker who came from the vanishing frontier, bearing generations of lost wisdom about the secrets of horses.

In the sultry summer of 1936, the lives of these men converged around a bad-legged, floundering racehorse named Seabiscuit. Forming an improbable partnership, they transformed the horse into one of the most extraordinary competitors in sports history. In four tumultuous years, the rags-to-riches horse overcame a phenomenal run of misfortune to emerge as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense following, prompting an avalanche of merchandising, and establishing himself as the single biggest newsmaker of 1938--receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or any other public figure.

Seabiscuit is an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes, a classic story of three embattled individuals and a remarkable racehorse overcoming the odds in the Great Depression.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003.
Edition: Special illustrated collector's ed.
ISBN: 9781400060986
Characteristics: xviii, 377 p. :,ill. ;,27 cm.


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Jun 30, 2018

Laura Hillenbrand's considerable brilliance as a writer is underscored by her ability to coax into the light what she writes about in the Acknowledgements section of Seabiscuit: "the texture of my subjects' personalities, their complex relationships, motives, fears, thoughts, and secrets." I have great respect not only for Hillenbrand's writing, but also for her storytelling, which breathed life into long-dead characters and recreated the mystique, the strategy, the intensity, the extreme demands and the thrill of horse racing.

Jun 05, 2018

I've returned to this read & even bought a used copy of the film - it's a favorite. The depth Hillenbrand goes to in research & telling this life (lives of the others who come together) is inspiration. For anyone person or age that has no idea of what the 1930's depression was about, this is a place to start. In 2018, I feel we could use a Seabiscuit.

Jun 27, 2017

This book chronicles the amazing story of Seabiscuit. Filled with immeasurable details and anecdotes, the book relays the triumphs and hardships of horse racing in the early 20th century. Although written as non-fiction the book reads as a complete story. Its gripping details make the reader feel as if you are reliving the moments in Seabiscuit's career. The thoughts and emotions of the characters are vividly brought to life. I am not a horse racing enthusiast but found this book wonderful and captivating.

Jun 14, 2016

I've no interest in horse racing, or other sports. But I just read, and loved, "The Boys in the Boat," about the US crew that won the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I knew of this book, and how much others liked it. It was a great book, with multiple heroes--the horse, his owner, trainer, and jockey. Putting the long journey for Seabiscuit to prove he could REALLY run into the context of the Depression improved it. This book could have benefitted from tighter editing. "The Boys in the Boat" had a more spiritual outlook than this one. Horse racing seemed focused on the winning of big prizes in a way that the crew racing world was not. A great story, but not as superb as the story of the 1936 Olympics.

Jun 13, 2016

I really enjoyed Seabiscuit. The story is fascinating and well written with thoughtful parallels between what was occurring on and off the track at this time. At moments I found myself tearing up or a race that was ran almost 80 years ago and people that died 30 years ago. How can you not love an underdog story?
I have tried to read Unbroken several time, but the story is not as compelling as this one about a little brown horse.

Jan 23, 2016

Seabiscuit: an American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand is a remarkably well researched and well told story of one of the past century's great sporting legends. To quote Hillenbrand herself. "...these men and this horse are remembered again."

Dec 31, 2014

Best book about horse racing!!!

sharonb122 Jun 26, 2014

Great book! I thought that reading race details over and over would b boring, but not at all. Stories of the people's lives were amazing. Woven through was history of the 1930s, descriptions of the jockeys jobs and the story of the phenomena that was Seabiscuit. Wish she could have included a glossary of racing terms, but really glad reading program at our library suggested reading a non fiction book about animals. It had lots of pathos, as well.

Feb 15, 2014

excellent description of the period. A memorable passage is the description of these tremendously athletic beasts during a race.

Agent13 Jun 13, 2012

With racing season upon us, I read this book; a story of overcoming big odds (of the four legged variety). Us "two leggers" can benefit. I think, though, that the author overstates the case that Seabiscuit's plight was deeply felt by America and what we were going through (the Depression) at the time. The highlight of the book is a contest between Seabiscuit and Man O' War, the "Babe Ruth" of horses.

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