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Seabiscuit: An American Legend

 
 
Author
Laura Hillenbrand.
Publisher Ballantine  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780449005613
Pages/Publication Date 421/2001
Daedalus Item Code 42328
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(Named one of the best books of 2001 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Economist, and BookSense; finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize) The inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film of the same name, Seabiscuit is Thoroughbred racing writer Laura Hillenbrand's dramatic true tale of a come-from-behind triumph. Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion. He was a rough-hewn, undersized horse with a sad little tail and knees that wouldn't straighten out. He fought his trainers and floundered at the lowest level of racing, misunderstood and mishandled, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. One was Charles Howard, a cavalry veteran who made his fortune overnight by bringing automobiles to the American West. Another was Tom Smith, "The Lone Plainsman," a taciturn mustang breaker who had come from the vanishing frontier, bearing generations of wisdom about the secrets of horses. 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. This unlikely team found that beneath "Biscuit's" hostility and fear was a gentlemanly horse with keen intelligence, frightening speed, and a ferocious competitive will. Competing in the cruelest years of the Depression, the rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American hero, drawing an immense and fanatical following, inspiring 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 for that matter.

"Captivating.... It is a flawless trip, with the detail of good history, the blistering pace of Biscuit himself and the charm of grand legend."NYTBR

 
 
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