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Comments by Jean Rowe on Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Just finished reading your extraordinary book. I have never cried reading a non-fiction, but your narrative of the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap was truly spell binding. A few years ago I moved to within walking distance of the Del Mar Race track and enjoy meeting all the trainers, handicappers and horse owners with their families. It occured to me last season that few people outside of the race world understood the sacrifices made by everyone involved, for the love of the sport. Your marvellous book captured the spirit I have witnessed. I hope you write another one soon.
Solana Beach, CA USA

Comments by Libby Flanagan on Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 02:47 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand - I have been enamored of Seabiscuit and his family since 1975, when I was in the fifth grade and read "Come On, Seabiscuit!" by Ralph Moody. I believe I spent most of that fifth-grade year reading and rereading about Seabiscuit and his life. Over the intervening years, I have tried to educate my family and friends about Seabiscuit, but I know they often thought I was a little silly about the whole story. It is a relief to be able to point to such a wonderful book and say, "See, I wasn't crazy!" I have a cat named Seabiscuit and a fish named War Admiral. I recently acquired copies of Ralph Moody's book and thought that was all I would ever be able to find on Seabiscuit. Thank you for your hard work and wonderful book. Seabiscuit's story is one for every generation - the true underdog who overcame incredible odds to succeed in grand fashion. May it inspire generations to come - I know I've already started telling my children about Seabiscuit and his indomitable heart.
Wayne, NJ USA

Comments by John C. Pollard on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 07:59 IP Logged
Dear Laura: Well I'm back again. Another thing that I wanted to mention is the fact that my grandfather John A. Pollard was not actually born in Ireland but instead was born in Grundy Center, Iowa in 1875. My great grandfather Michael Pollard was born in County Westmeath, Ireland in 1833. He came to the US in 1850 during the potato famine. He was a cavalryman during the Civil War serving with A Company, 9th Illinois Cavalry. He settled in Iowa after the war. His sons all went to Canada. Michael had many interesting descendants some of them living as far afield as Hong Kong, Guam, New England and all over Canada. Once again I really enjoyed your book. I learned alot about Uncle Red and Seabiscuit and others. I always thought that people of that generation had more interesting lives than people of my generation. I agree with Tom Brokaw. They are the greatest generation.
San Diego, Ca USA

Comments by John C. Pollard on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 07:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura: I really enjoyed your book "Seabiscuit,an American Legend". I especially enjoyed the parts about my Uncle Red Pollard. There are a couple of small errors in the Pollard family history. My father Bill was born in November 1911. Red was born in 1909. Therefore Red was the oldest son. In between them was James and after Dad came the four sisters. My Dad used the same pattern in naming his sons. I'm the oldest followed by my brothers James and William.
San Diego, Ca USA

Comments by karen duteil on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 06:23 IP Logged
Hi Laura--Don't know if you remember me from my days at EQUUS, but I was so glad to read all the great reviews. Your superb research abilities and from-the-heart writing really paid off. I'm running out now to pick up a copy, but just wanted to congratulate you on your home run! Take care...
bristow, va USA

Comments by Mike on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 02:53 IP Logged
Laura-What a fabulous book written about a fabulous horse. It gave me a vision of what horseracing was like in the "glory" days. What an exciting time it must have been. I hope your book will inspire todays generation and recognize horses and jockeys for the athletes they truly are. Thanks for a wonderful book.
Philadelphia, PA USA

Comments by Thomas M. Hennessy, jr on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 02:25 IP Logged
Dear Laura, YOU are the Seabiscuit of us invalids!As someone who also got foodpoisoning from oysters in 1987, and who has been bedridden in excruciating nerve and muscle pain for the past 14 years, i can not imagine dragging myself to the bathroom a couple of times a day, let alone researching, writing, and getting published such a magnificent and timeless piece of ART! YOU, my dear, must have the tenacity of Seabiscuit, the wisdom of Solomon, and the patience of Job. I live in Potomac. We have to meet. i am going for oxygen treatments today in addition to a cpap machine to help with severe obstructive sleep apnea in addition to severe ME/CFS/GWS/MCSS/FMS and possible septicemia. If i have any luck with these options, i will be in touch. We would like to put a link at our website www.geocities.com/capitolhill/4277 to let others know that with perseverance and true grit, that very sick people can accomplish great things. OUR heroine, Florence Nightingale, helped start the first ever school of nursing and inspired the founding of the International Red Cross while being bedridden for 50 years with an illness that closely resembles our own. YOU are an inspiration to us all, sick or well, rich or poor, gifted or giftless, to run that race. It is said that Quitters never win, and Winners never Quit! Congratulations to YOU!!!!! all the Best Tom Hennessy, jr. President RESCIND, Inc. Repeal Existing Stereotypes about Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases
Potomac, MD USA

Comments by W Reed on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 01:20 IP Logged
Your briefest exposition of horses and horse people points to a reality I immediately recognize without having been able to articulate. That, in itself, is remarkable. But to place them in a greater historical perspective as deftly as you have while widening the scope to international proportions is a great achievement. Thank you
mi USA

Comments by Joe Erwin on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 00:58 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Congratulations on a lovely book about a lovely horse. I had the honor of knowing Seabiscuit personally. My family and I visited him from time-to-time at Ridgewood Ranch. I grew up on a remote ranch north of there. As I was going through family pictures recently I ran across several photos of Seabiscuit taken in the mid-to-late 1940s. I remember visiting Charlie Howard's Buick dealership in San Francisco about that time as well. What a delight to see your book and to know it will be a great success for you.
Needmore, PA USA

Comments by Gina Ward on Friday, March 09, 2001 at 00:38 IP Logged
As a 11 year old I found a little book called "Come On Seabiscuit" by Ralph Moody. From that day on Seabiscuit was my hero! Of course none of my friends had a clue who my horsey hero was but I was fascinated with his indomitable spirit despite his rocky start in racing.When I read the review in the San Diego Union I was thrilled.Seabiscuit An American Legend is a beautifully written book- a gift from Laura Hillenbrand. I'm half way through the book and can't put it down.... I don't want it to end!
Rancho Santa Fe, Ca USA

Comments by John Kelly on Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 09:26 IP Logged
This is a wonderful book, it captures the essence of all that is good about horseracing without being saccharine. I hope she writes more books.
Brooklyn, NY USA

Comments by Scott Fowler on Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 06:26 IP Logged
How wonderful to finally see a horse like Seabiscuit getting his day in the sun. I loved the book and the style and spirit in which it was written. It takes a special voice to weave words into images that the mind can savor. I look forward to the movie with great anticipation.
Plano, IL USA

Comments by lesley on Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 03:53 IP Logged
G'day, well I have of course heard of seabiscuit,but have never seen him in the flesh untill now,I of course was a huge fan of our famous race horse PHARLAP,who was a tad earlier than seabiscuit.I do not know of the book,as I do not think it's down under yet,however I will ask my book shop about it.Any way thanks so much for the chance to see this magic horse,he is as I imagened him to be.regards lesley.
perth, Western Australia australia.

Comments by Frank A. Sanchione on Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 03:42 IP Logged
The essence, spirit and romance of the Great Sport of thoroughbred horse racing..... enhanced by lore of America's Most Gutsy Racehorse, THE LEGENDARY SEABISCUIT", is brilliantly captured by Laura Hillenbrand in this amazing new book, which will become a Standard on the subject!
Bridgeport, CT USA

Comments by Pam Johnson on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 09:07 IP Logged
Just read Andys column in the Washington Post, and I can't wait to get a copy of your book! Maybe you could do a book signing at Laurel or Pimlico.
Kensington, MD USA

Comments by Alan Alcott on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 02:59 IP Logged
It was surely my lucky day when I stumbled across the NYTimes Online Book Review of SEABISCUIT. Even luckier when I picked up the only copy at the bookstore. A fascinating story of a horse and a place in time which brings to new life the notion that "God made the horse, but Man made the thoroughbred." All told beautifully, passionately by a truly gifted writer.
Syracuse, NY USA

Comments by leslie scarborough on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
I recieved a subscription to talk magazine christmas before last from my mother in law and have not enjoyed the magazine at all until i read the article on seabiscuit it was the best article ive ever read i was crying while reading just picked up the book cant wait for the movie
augusta, ga USA

Comments by Jonathan Cohen on Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 01:23 IP Logged
LAURA: HI! I eagerly look forward to reading "Seabiscuit". I was a great race fan when younger and loved Secretariat. My oldest friend was a great race announcer in Canada- I'm sure he remembers this horse. Will write you directly after I read it. Meanwhile, this is a great cyber-preview!
Brookline, MA USA

Comments by Bill Lathrop on Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 09:28 IP Logged
What a wonderful book. I can't wait for the movie. I hope they do your book justice. Bill
Mountlake Terrace, WA USA

Comments by Chris Rentzel on Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 01:16 IP Logged
While awaiting my haircut today, I picked up TALK magazine (never heard of it), and saw the article on Seabiscuit in the table of contents. What a treat! I am a huge racing fan and go to the Derby every year, but had not known the story of Seabiscuit. Is the movie REALLY going to be made or is it just in consideration? I REALLY hope it will be made, because if it's half as good as the article, you will have a real winner on your hands (pardon the pun)! Can't wait to read the book!
Dallas, TX USA

Comments by Mark Goldacker on Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 01:16 IP Logged
Laura, I picked the book up last night and can't put it down. I was wondering if you plan to do any book signings in the Baltimore area? I hope the movie is half as good as your book. Thanks
Baltimore, MD USA

Comments by Mary Jane Howell on Tuesday, March 06, 2001 at 01:06 IP Logged
Dear Laura, I have been a fan of your wonderful, poetic writing for quite some time. I can't wait to read the book! Your web site is awesome and I brought the whole Dogwood office staff up to see it. I think everyone had chill bumps!! This whole experience must be a dream come true for you. Hope you're having fun with the movie. What's next? Mary Jane
Aiken, SC USA

Comments by Chuck Masten on Sunday, March 04, 2001 at 05:23 IP Logged
Ms Hillerbrand, I have heard such wonderful news about you and your work from your very proud father that I think I know Laura even though we have never met. Immediatedly after reading the article on SEABISCUIT in the WASHINGTON POST, I ordered your book so I would get a copy as soon as the books come off the press. I look forward to meeting you in person in order to get your 'John Henry'. Keep up the great work.
Stafford, Va USA

Comments by Ken Irwin on Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 06:12 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand: Looking forward to reading your book as soon as it becomes available. I am a great fan of horseracing and also an historian. About six years ago, I completed a manuscript for a biography of Ruth Etting. I don't know if you've ever heard of her, but she was a very popular singer/actress in the 1920's and 1930's. She is a very neglected figure in American music. Since at least 1995, I have been trying to find a publisher for this book to no avail. I have had several small articles about Ruth Etting published in various publications, but it doesn't seem to help. Do you have any advice or information that might help me?
Bolingbrook, IL USA

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