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Comments by Cecilia R Bishop on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 02:20 IP Logged
I just finished reading Seabiscuit and have fallen in love. I have no previous knowledge of horse-racing, horses or anything related to the field. My background is in biology, ecology and conservation. When I showed the book to my partner and told him that it would be my next purchase, he laughed because it was so atypical of what I usually read--nonfiction, but usually political, histories of countries, current events (events in Kosovo, Bosnia, Africa, etc.). I write this only to let you know what wide appeal your book has. Like so many others who have written, once I began, I couldn't stop reading--every spare minute immersing myself in the story. Your prose made that story come alive. I felt as if I was there watching every event that happened, every race, every triumph, every tragedy. I felt as if I came to know the Howards, Red Pollard, Tom Smith and, of course, Seabiscuit. And I cried at the end. I didn't want to say goodbye to "the greatest horse that ever lived." What a remarkable achievement and what a gift. Thank You.
Poway, Ca USA

Comments by David Plavin on Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
A great story. Beautifully told.

Comments by chrisanna waldrop on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 05:49 IP Logged
Hi, I am very excited to read your book, after reading the profile about you inb the Post and all the excellent reviews your book has received. But I continue to be very puzzled by the fact that on the cover of the book, the photo cuts off the picture of the title character!! Why did you select a cover photo without the horse? It seems like a very odd choice. Thank you and good luck with the movie, etc. Chrisanna Waldrop
Santa Barbara, CA USA

Comments by Lucy Mondale on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 01:32 IP Logged
This book touched me in a way not many have. An incredible story, so well told. One question - why isn't Seabiscuit's head on the cover?
Reston, VA USA

Comments by Laura Hudson on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
I'm a bookseller at an indie bookstore in MA. I have been anxiously waiting for Seabiscuit to be published since I first got hold of a galley in September. You've written a wonderfully compelling, universally appealling book. I will take great pleasure in putting it into my customer's hands
Stockbridge, MA USA

Comments by John Day on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: I was fortunate enough to have come across a copy of the bound galleys for your book Seabiscuit: An American Legend just before I took a trip to Rio de Janiero. I can't think of a better setting in which to read your fascinating book. You are to be commended for writing a book about horseracing that transcends the usual cliched pap. I sat on the terrace of a high-rise building in Ipanema, with the Atlantic ocean in front of me and a view of the Rio de Janiero Jockey Club off to my right while I read your book. Paradise, on many levels. I have recommended your book to about a dozen people, both in New York and Kentucky, and all of them have agreed to buy a copy. Your book deserves as wide an audience as possible. Toward that end, why not make the book into an ebook? If Random House is willing, converting your files into any of the fledgling ebook formats would be a simple process. There are precious few sports ebooks on the market and yours would be a welcome addition, since it is a well-written tale that just happens to feature a horse. All the best, and thanks for a timeless book about a timeless horse.
Forest Hills, NY USA

Comments by David R. Kruger on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 09:51 IP Logged
Seabiscuit is very entertaining. I do have a question though. In the description of Man o'War's sole loss, it is noted that it was coincidentally accomplished by "Upset" (p 35). I was under the impression that the sports term "upset" originated from that defeat. Is that not true? In any event, congratulations on this fine work.
Boston, MA USA

Comments by morris rosen on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 08:46 IP Logged
i'm enjoying reading seabiscuit, but i think the book would have been much more meaningful if you could have put seabiscuit's past performance charts in the notes. each race you describe would have then come alive with the chart,and a true appreciation for his accomplishments.
plymouth meeting, pa.,19426 USA

Comments by Janet G. McFeaters on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 07:05 IP Logged
Dear Ms Hillenbrand, I discovered your book in the Arts and Entertainment section of the Miami Herald. I called our local bookstore immediately and was told it was jumping off the shelves. Congratulations. I started it yesterday and can't put it down. Beautifully written and because Red Pollard was my uncle, it has great historic interest for me and my children. I recall my visits to their "little" house in Pawtucket and the "scrawney" little man we called Uncle Red.Most of all I remember the wonderful stories my cousin (we knew her as Patty) would tell us while trying to fall asleep. Their little black cocker spaniel "Couger" taking up a vigil next to the bed where my sister lay ill with pneumonia. Since my daughter owned "Top of the News", great-grandaughter of Round Table we are most interested in learning more about the upcoming movie and will keep checking in with you. My mother Alice Conlon, Agnes' sister just passed away this past January. How I wish she had lived to read this wonderful chronicle of her sister and brother-in-law. Could you please provide me with some information on Norah (Patty) Christianson? Your book says she is a writer and our son Andrew is a writer currently working on his Phd in Scottish, Irish and English literature. Have to return to my book now. Can't put it down for long. Janet G. McFeaters
Vero Beach, FL USA

Comments by SueAnn Germani on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 05:15 IP Logged
What a fantastic book! While I have never been a fan of Throughbred racing, I have always been an avid lover of horses. Your book gave a very vivid picture of the abuse that horses as well as young children and adults endured in this country at the hands of some very sick minded people. It was a great history lesson as well as an interesting look at a sport that I have not held in the highest esteem. I will however, be the first to stand in line for tickets to the movie! Let's hope you are a part of the screen writing. Excellent job!
Elkridge, MD USA

Comments by Lynda Sheldon on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 03:19 IP Logged
What a fabulous read--and so much more than a book about a horse! This one is for those who love thrills conjured up by the written word, a vivid portrait of America during the late 30's and what real heroes are all about. Are there any plans for racetrack events honoring "Seabiscuit"? Is there any way that I could see newsreels of this wonderful horse in action? I want to read more of your work...are you still writing for Equus? Thanks for a truly marvelous reading experience. I'm spreading the word.
Berkeley, CA USA

Comments by Joe Milam on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 03:17 IP Logged
I have been looking for 'Come on Seabisquit' for years for my kids to enjoy. Finding your book, I read it in an evening, and it was better than my memories of 'Come on Seabisquit'.
Roseville, CA USA

Comments by Steve Loring on Monday, March 19, 2001 at 02:37 IP Logged
Have ordered the book. but your website colors: blue/black - this old "seabiscuit" had trouble reading the various sites. too late to change?
Duxbury, ma USA

Comments by john lacy on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 09:46 IP Logged
Congratulations on your work, which will undoubtedly bring non-horse fans to the raw pure wonderful world of horseracing. Too many folks haven't experienced falling in love with the heart and spirit of certain of these animal/athletes. Thanks for transporting this late blooming aficionado back to the mythic world of an unlikely hero.
Kerrville, tx USA

Comments by Robert Montano on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 08:39 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand, I was very excited to read your article in todays Daily News. I am certainly going to buy your book. I am an ex-jockey due to mothernature, and since an accomplished actor on the silver screen, tv, and broadway muscials. I was also invited by the tv program 20/20 Downtown last year along with the late Chris Antely to discuss weight problems among jockey's. I use to ride at Aqueduct, Belmont, with Angel Cordero Jr., Stevie Cauthen, and other wonderful riders across the nation. I so look forward to your book becoming a movie, and I know this sounds very forward of me, but I would love to be apart of the film. Purely because it deals with such a great horse and because I know that language. I started on the track when I was ten at Belmont. I had two cousins that were jockeys and both were killed in races. If you'd like to get in touch with me sooner you can reach me at # 212-787-3513 or you can call my agent at Cornerstone Talent # 212-807-8344. Thank you and I look forward to reading your words.
New York, NY USA

Comments by Christian M. Rastetter on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 06:12 IP Logged
Please let me know if your book is coming out on tape.
Mahopac, NY USA

Comments by Robert Neely on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:59 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand Today I acquired your new book on Seabiscuit. I am 77 and remember some of the publicity about this horse in the 1930's. My interest and appreciation for this excellent book is primarily one, my mother's cousin, Judith Barrett,an actress during this period, was married to Chas Howard, Jr., and two, my father had owned some pacers and loved to follow Seabiscuit,s carrer. You made reference to Chas. Jr. on page 10 in the book but none to Ms. Barrett. I realize this book is about Seabiscuit and rightly so. However if in your research you found any info about this couple that would be of interest to a distant relative I would greatly appreciate knowing of it. I plan to obtain copies of the book for each of my children and would like to pass on any tidbits you might have regarding these people. Congratulations for recording this great bit of American history. I am enjoying the book immensely and am looking forward to the movie. Robert Neely NBobJen@AOL.COM
Houston , Tx. USA

Comments by tom ernhart on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 05:09 IP Logged
I am a 44 year old man and remember reading about Seabiscuit in my younger days. I boughtyou book and am reading it.I seem to remember a horse witn the nickname oldbones or olebones and was wondering if it was Seabiscuit or another horse.Just getting to where the three main characters get together so wil work on finishing it. Thanks for bringing back memories. TOM
osceola, ar USA

Comments by Sue McMurray on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 04:54 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Happened upon your book while browsing for something to read on my trip to Switzerland next week. Made the mistake of taking it out of the bag to skim through the overleaves this morning at breakfast. Was totally sucked in and now will have to find something else to read on the long boring flight. Am trying to think of something appropriately literary, gushy or horsey to say to express my pleasure. Enjoyed your command of arrested time sequences and prose during the races. Enjoyed feeling intimately involved with the inner circle of characters surrounding this horse's life. Thank you for having the passion and tenacity to complete this project for my reading enjoyment. Nice horse. Sincerely, Sue McMurray
Hillsborough, CA USA

Comments by bruce on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 02:31 IP Logged
i am an avid racing fan and this is a great tribute to a great horse..i also heard your interview on sat march 17th an wfan in ny..great job..thanks ..bruce
new york, ny USA

Comments by gil hallenbeck on Sunday, March 18, 2001 at 00:18 IP Logged
I was born in March 1939. I can remember as a youth during the forties hearing about Seabiscuit. I only knew him a a name of a racehorse. Now as an owner of Stakeswinning filly, and a person who owns horses, I have found out how great he was. Your description of the match race sent chills up my back along with tears in my eyes. There is nothing grander then watching two magnificant racehorses going eyeball to eyeball. Great Book. Can't wait for the movie.- Gil Hallenbeck
wellington, fl USA

Comments by Donald Richardson,Jr on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:57 IP Logged
I was born in 1945, but during my childhood in Southern Maryland heard a lot about Seabiscuit. My grandfather E.T. Chewning was a Maryland Racing Commisioner during the 50s and 60s and had a large thoroughbred farm named Tacaro 20 miles south of Annapolis. He looked a lot like Charles Howard and probably knew him. I grew up on that place and remember there was a great deal of Seabiscuit memorabilia around the farm, glasses, pictures newspaper clippings and other items with Seabiscuit's name on them. I was always fascinated with his name and heard some of my grandfather's trainers and jockeys talk about Seabiscuit with such awe. His best horse was Weepers Boy who was Maryland leading money winner one year and won many races at Maryland, Delaware and NJ tracks during the 50s and 60s. Also there was King Challa who did very well during those years. There were about 50 more that had mixed success but usually kept my grandfather happy. I rode steeplechase horses in this area from the 60s-80s. I worked with Tom Voss mostly and my cousin William Chewning. We had a horse named Blue Nearco who won the Bolla in 1979 when it was the richest steeplechase race in America. I was born in D.C. not far from where you live. I am a writer of poetry with four books published and I teach writing, but I wish I had done what you did. Your book is wonderful and I truly admire your research efforts. I spent the better part of a year at the Agricultural Library in Beltsville researching a paper for G.W. University. I wish I had been looking for stuff about Seabiscuit. I hope you are enjoying your work on the movie. I read the great Post article about you and the book. I was sorry to hear about your condition. You are one inspiring writer. I hope you enjoy every bit of your well-earned success.
Annapolis, MD USA

Comments by Karen Soupcoff on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:27 IP Logged
Wonderful book! I've read some of the sections over and over. Congratulations
Toronto, on Canada

Comments by Steve Croat on Saturday, March 17, 2001 at 07:02 IP Logged
Your book was wonderful. My only regret is that I could not stop reading it and finished it in one sitting. If we could make your book required reading for highschoolers, there would surely be a future for racing.
Aiken, SC USA

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