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Comments by Susan McCullough on Wednesday, March 14, 2001 at 00:28 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Your wonderful book is an inspiration not only to horse lovers and to people who face obstacles, but also to writers. Thank you so much for bringing Seabiscuit's story to the world, and for showing those of us who live by the written word that muses can be found in very unusual places.
Vienna, VA USA

Comments by stanley davis on Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at 07:07 IP Logged
i would love to have the book signed and would appreciate you responding to me..........thanks
washington , d/c USA

Comments by Paul Dietrich on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 08:45 IP Logged
I was a Seabiscuit fan as a young boy in Indiana. Now I'm an architect and designer of sports museums. I am looking forward to getting the book. Do you only write about horse racing? Have you written anything about events and /or persons in the history of New England horse racing?
Cambridge, MA USA

Comments by Anne Macdonald on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 08:36 IP Logged
Well, I read it in two days and am sick that I have finished! A wonderful book for anyone, whether interested in horseracing or not. Well researched, beautifully written. And I fell in love with Pumpkin!
Old Greenwich, CT USA

Comments by Rose Mccune on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 06:32 IP Logged
I have a filly (Am. Saddlebred) that I name Rosie's C-Biscuit last year--story behind it. I loved your book! When if the movie coming out?
East Bank, wV USA

Comments by Marilyn Maracic on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 05:33 IP Logged
Hi. I bought the book last week and like some others who have written, I'm trying to "pace" myself and not finish reading the book too quickly. I am thoroughly enjoying the book so far. I do have one question - why is the horse's head cut off in the photograph on the jacket cover? After all, he is the title character. After the blurbs about his poor conformation, small stature and wispy tail, I wanted to see Seabiscuit on the dust cover so I could judge for myself. I will have to be content with the pictures in the book. Congratulations on your achievement. I hope it gets the general public interested in the sport again. When will the movie be released? Marilyn Maracic
New York, NY USA

Comments by Donald Fenton on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 05:08 IP Logged
My sister passed the novel to me and, now, my father-in-law is reading it. A revelation and a rousing epic of heroes. The section on the flooding of Agua Caliente is some of the finest comic writing I have ever read. I still chuckle when I think of your priceless phrase, " a s**t Godzilla..." I am a better handicapper for having been transported. Thank you.
Dallas, Tx USA

Comments by Susan Walsh on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 09:12 IP Logged
Well, now I have the book in my hands - and am trying to restrain myself from reading too fast. It is one of the best racing books I've read in a long time, and makes history immediate.In the race accounts, I find myself covering up the part of the page I haven't read so that I won't skip ahead.... it really captures the excitement of racing; and strikes a truly authentic note. An interesting aside: a local candy company, Harbor Sweets, Salem,MA has put out a great line of chocolates, "Seabiscuits." They're as good as this book.
North Andover, MA USA

Comments by Arthur Beeman on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 06:04 IP Logged
Laura: You have written the best sports book ever. I congratulate you on finding a piece of our history and bringing it to life with your rapturous writing. Here in the Derby City, we know what heroes our thoroughbreds can be, and Seabiscuit was second to none.
Louisville, ky USA

Comments by Jean Dwyer on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 02:24 IP Logged
My buttons are popping with pride...and I'm not even a blood relative! It is superb. Though I would love to race through to see what happens, I am making myself savor each page. NOt hard to savor, but I am so anxious to read on. Laura, you write so well. I will send a note soon. Love, Jean
Syracuse, NY USA

Comments by Margaret Lee Hall on Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 09:03 IP Logged
Dear Laura: What a gift your new book is to me! Thank you for providing me with a new hero in Seabiscuit and heroine in you. I love every page --- you are a very gifted writer.
Richmond, VA USA

Comments by Robert A. Barbuto on Saturday, March 10, 2001 at 06:46 IP Logged

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 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

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