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Seabiscuit: An American Legend
by Laura Hillenbrand

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand Overview

Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race. 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 Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race. 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.

Laura Hillenbrand

About Seabiscuit: An American Legend Description

Laura Hillenbrand (born 1967) is the author of the acclaimed Seabiscuit: An American Legend, a non-fiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001. The book later became the basis of the 2003 movie Seabiscuit. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Equus magazine, American Heritage, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbr

Data Book Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Original Title Seabiscuit ISBN 0345465083 (ISBN13: 9780345465085 ) Edition Language English setting United States of America Literary Awards Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction (2002), William Hill Sports Book of the Year (2001), Puddly Award for Nonfiction (2004), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for General Nonfiction (2001) (9)