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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

Comments by martha higgins on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 00:04 IP Logged
My second cousin, Noel (Spec) Richardson, rode Seabiscuit, to win the Agau Caliente Handicap at the now closed caliente racetrack. I plan on reading the book, but was wondering if this was in the book. I also remember, Spec riding in a match race on Ligaroti against Seabiscuit.
pocatello, id USA

Comments by sam smith on Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 03:25 IP Logged
I inherited a very nice old color drawing from the early 60's of Seabiscuit by an artist named Wallace and was looking for more info on the artist or the horse. When your site came up in my search I found it very interesting. At least I know more about this famous horse now, if not the artist and appreciate the drawing even more.
guyton, ga USA

Comments by Deidre Butte on Friday, February 23, 2001 at 09:19 IP Logged
My husband and I got Talk Magazine, here in Kosovo, where we are living temporarily. We read your excerpt from the book and cannot wait to read the whole book. I have ordered it from Amazon. My husband is so anxious to receive the book, he almost cannot understand that it has yet to be released. He is like a kid over this! We are new fans of Seabiscuit's and fans of yours from Equus. We have an Arabian horse business in Tennessee and will recommend your book to all horse lovers that we know. Thank you so much for writing this book and for making Seabiscuit a legend again for the current generation of horse lover. Deidre Butte`
Pristina, Kosovo

Comments by Paul A. Davis on Friday, February 23, 2001 at 00:00 IP Logged
Laura, I just read your book article in Talk Magazine on the plane ride from Oakland to L A. I have to tell you that you made the reader an actual participant in that famous race at Pimlico in 1938.You have a wonderful style that grips at the reader. I have ordered the book thru Amazon which is waiting for their first shipment. Thank you for providing this reader with such intense involvement.
Danville , Ca USA

Comments by John "The Regular Guy" Engelhar on Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 08:49 IP Logged
I've been a fan of Seabiscuit since reading "Come On Seabiscuit" and got the book for my son off of e-bay this year. I was given your article and loved it, can't wait to read the book. Had to research famous horses at Coney Island Racetrack (now River Downs) and stumbled two starts in two stakes races 10/3/36 Western Hills Handicap and 10/17/36 Eastern Hills Handicap - he ran 3rd in both and then went on to set a track record at Empire in New York. I'd love to get more photos of him for the track - are there any in public domain? I loved the workout ground level shot on your web site. Can't wait to get the book and pray the movie will become a reality!
Cincinnati, Oh USA

Comments by Jay Kessler on Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 00:23 IP Logged
Laura-Can't wait to get your book and really looking forward to the film. The film "Pharlap" was superb and I can only hope that "Seabiscuit" will be as good or even better and draw young and old to theatres to see a true fairytale come to life. Hopefully, horse racing will gain some popularity from your book and the film and make people realize that horse racing is not just another form of gambling but a sport where miracles can happen and legends can be born.
Fremont, CA USA

Comments by Helen Luther on Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
Laura- Tommy Luther passed away January 27th. I would like to talk to you. Please call me at (518) 584-7811. Best regards.
saratoga springs, ny USA

Comments by Lisa Barnes on Friday, February 16, 2001 at 07:15 IP Logged
Seabiscuit has been my favorite race horse since I was a little girl. The book "Come On Seabiscuit!" was my favorite and from that story, I fell in love with the courageous, knobby-kneed champion. He was truly a heroic athlete with heart never known before or since. I haven't read the book but am planning to, soon. It warms my heart to see such wonderful reviews about a book about a race horse, by all kinds of people, not just horse lovers. A job well done!
Anchorage, AK USA

Comments by dominic prince on Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 05:54 IP Logged
Laura, I am reviewing you book for the Economist. It is quite superb. You deserve every success. Well done.
U.K.

Comments by Joe Monroe on Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 01:14 IP Logged
Just completed reading an advance copy of the book. The writing is as gripping as any novel. Any reader is pulled along through the life of a horse, the lives of the jockeys, trainers and owners, and the fabric of this country at a critical period of our history. You have done an excellent job in weaving them all into a story that brings a small part of our national growth into an exciting spotlight.
Pinehurst, NC USA

Comments by ira highley on Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 01:41 IP Logged
Just read an advanced copy of your book"seabiscuit,an american legend and it is one of the best books i've read in years. congrats !!
tampa, fl USA

Comments by Lisa Jatho on Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 06:16 IP Logged
I read the excerpt in Talk magazine. It was superb. I liked it so much I read it to the whole family. Congratuations. I think you have a blockbuster bestseller. I'm recommending it to all my friends. Can't wait to read the whole book! Lisa J
USA

Comments by Steve Laurencell on Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 03:52 IP Logged
Laura, Just read the excerpt in TALK. Outstanding writing! Was directed to the TALK piece by a column on espn.com by Kenny Mayne. Can't wait to get the book!!
Chicago, IL USA

Comments by sara on Tuesday, February 06, 2001 at 02:29 IP Logged
The excerpt in TALK was magnificent and I am looking forward to making all my friends watch the movie, and thus experience the beauty and passion of the sport of horse racing and the story of Seabiscuit
MA USA

Comments by Victoria Pugsley on Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 02:10 IP Logged
We haven't gotten your book yet. But our oldest broodmare goes back to Seabiscuit. We bred and race Thoroughbreds and enjoy randing about the old timers. Good luck with the bood and the movie. 4/P Thoroughbreds
Vale, OR USA

Comments by amberlynn cooper on Friday, February 02, 2001 at 07:55 IP Logged
There is never enough horse movies.Seabiscuit is my favorite horse of all time.
cincy, oh USA

Comments by LAURA WILLIS on Friday, February 02, 2001 at 00:50 IP Logged
I can't wait to see the movie or read the book! WE need more movies like this!!! Laura in Texas
Houston, TX USA

Comments by amp on Thursday, February 01, 2001 at 02:51 IP Logged
I was lucky enough to stumble upon Laura's piece on Seabiscuit while flying home. I read it once, drymouthed, heart pounding. I read it again, to my wife and daughters, tears rolling down my cheeks. What a compelling story, beautifully told, full of drama, pathos and humanity. It was, simply put, the best sports story I've read in years and years. Thank you. Thank you.
USA

Comments by Valerie Harris on Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at 06:21 IP Logged
Absolutley fantastic website and presentation. I can't wait to read the book! Valerie
Mountain view, CA USA

Comments by Tina on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 01:03 IP Logged
Hello Laura! I've been anxiously awaiting the book and now the movie. I will buy the book ASAP. Wonderful website--great job! Tina
USA

Comments by Jim Gaffney on Friday, January 19, 2001 at 07:14 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I have not read the book yet but and chomping at the bit to get hold of it. I have always loved Seabiscuit as a kid growing up. I am sure we can put him on the same top shelf with a horse that I was fortunate to ride named Secretariat. Sounds like it is a heart warming story and thank you for bringing this long awaited story to us. Jim Gaffney, Bigredjg@aol.com
Long Island, NY USA

Comments by Michael C. Howard on Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 06:36 IP Logged
Dear Laura, Outstanding job! "Auntie Mar" would have loved both it and meeting you. On behalf of the Howard Family, THANK YOU for a highly professional "labor of love". Enjoy the rest and remember "Mrs Miniver"! Vaya Con Dios Amiga. MH
Portland, OR USA

Comments by Michelle on Thursday, January 18, 2001 at 03:11 IP Logged
We recently received our last issue of Talk magazine and your article was by far the best I've read in the history of all the Talk Magazines we've ever received. I don't consider myself a strong reader but this article was absoultely captivating and had me at the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Thank you for sharing the excerpt and I'm in line at Amazon.com for a copy as soon as they arrive.
Mpls, MN USA

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