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Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Paperback)

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    Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1New York Times bestseller.

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in spor......more

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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1New York Times bestseller.

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 SeabiscuitÂ’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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about Thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer/editor forEquus magazine since 1989. Her work has also appeared in American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turfand Sport Digest and many other publications. Her 1998 American Heritage article on Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing, the highest award for Thoroughbred racing. She is currently serving as a consultant on a Universal Studios movie based on this book. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Laura lives in Washington, D.C.


From the Hardcover edition.

Author:
Hillenbrand, Laura
Series Title:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Genre:
SPORTS & RECREATION / Horse Racing
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
399
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Publish Date:
03/01/2002
Copyright Year:
20020601
ISBN:
9780449005613
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.8 lb
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  • Best book I'v ever read, and I'm not even into horses or racing. Laura Hillenbrand makes this story fascinating and absorbing. The success of an underdog! Wonderful.

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