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Comments by Ms. Randi Scott on Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 09:59 IP Logged
Hi, Laura, A member if my Zorro internet list recommended your book. I raise PASO FINO horses. After reading the other comments on this site from people who read your book, I am eager to read it. Ms. Randi Scott Zorro-R@webtv.net
Northbrook, IL USA

Comments by sharon tyree on Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 07:10 IP Logged
Great reading! Couldn't put it down! I look forward to the film. How about also doing one on Swaps, Tenney and Ellsworth?! Sharon Tyree
long beach , ca USA

Comments by nick ben-meir on Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 04:39 IP Logged
Laura: Just finished. Bravo ! Any chance of a large format version with photos and charts, etc., that didn't make this edition ? I think many of us would pay just about any price...And is there film or video available of the Great Match Race...would love to buy a copy... Thanks again, from a Thoroughbred Owner-Lover Nick
los angeles, ca USA

Comments by Mark D. Frankel on Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 02:18 IP Logged
For anyone who has an interest in the sport of kings, your book is a delight to read. The word "whether" should not be followed by "or not" as the word implies a choice or decision.
Tinton Falls, NJ USA

Comments by karen koch on Sunday, April 01, 2001 at 00:37 IP Logged
dear ms. hillenbrand, words cannot describe how much i enjoyed "seabiscuit." i would be interested in hearing from you as i am friends with suzan stephenson and also am involved with the belair stable museum in bowie. i feel like a lot of the other readers who posted messages. i could not put the book down and finished it in a few days.i look forward to hopefully hearing from you. i also eagerly await your next project. karen koch dacquoise@aol.com
bowie, md USA

Comments by Kelly S. George on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 09:30 IP Logged
I just bought your book yesterday afternoon and could not put it down until I finished reading it. It was extremely interesting to read. I remember the article that she wrote several years ago about the horse killings. She is a very good writer.
Harrison, AR USA

Comments by Gene McCormick on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 07:48 IP Logged
Ms. Hillenbrand: What a magnificent achievement. "Seabiscuit" has raised the bar for Truman Capote's "non-fiction fiction" to its highest level. The research obviously invested in your effort is only exceeded by your writing skills. Your book is the most, page-for-page, entertainingly and movingly written biography (of any genre) I have ever read. To read such an artful gem of a book that is centered on my life-long passion--horse racing--was absolutely exhilarating. I know it's an imposition, but could I send my copy to you to be signed?
Wayne, IL USA

Comments by Samuel Korn on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 07:42 IP Logged
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have spend most of last night reading, and thoroughly enjoying your book on Seabiscuit. Synnergistically, there was also a great horse race the same year of 1938, with one of Man 'O War's other get. The horse was named Battleship, the Race, The Grand National Steeplechase in Aintree, England. My grandfather, Louis Korn, owned a small butcher shop in the Village of Haverstraw, New York (located about 30 miles north of New York City). During the Depression, and not wanting to lose a customer selling Irish Sweepstakes Horse Race Tickets, he used the remaining $2.50 in pennies from his cash register to purchase this once in a million chance. As you might have guessed, he had the winning ticket on this 40-1 long shot. However, unlike most, he did not spend his money on frivolity, but used these monies to secure the passage, and needed visas, for 7 of his cousins, and 1 of their friends, to come to the United States from Sweedish and Italian refugee camps. Over the years, I have been able to compile enough information for a book to be published, and now seek help in obtaining a literary agent. I am a Physical Therapist, and have written many articles afor my national professional journals, but have little idea as to how to find the needed assistance to secure an publisher, editor, marketer and publicist. I have entitled the manuscript, "The Ticket," and it recounts the events before, during and after this particular race. Battleship was owned by Marion DuPont Scott, wife of actor Randolph Scott, and heiress to the DuPont fortune. She raised Battleship on her estate in Montpelier, Va., which happend to be the former home of James Madison. It was here that Madison, Jefferson, and Monroe framed the Constitution of the United States. Battleship is buried just to the left of the front portico. Similarily, I have been able to document related stories that now also allow my Family to be assciated with the formulation of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the beginning formulations of the Declaration of Independence, the capture of British General Major John Andre with the plans from West Point, New York hidden in his boot, and the re-uniting of 2 brothers with 2 of the afore-mentioned cousins, each having been interned with each other in Concentration Camps, and each thinking the other was dead. It would be my hope that with the publication of this manuscript, others' would be able to find their stories. You see, I also have the copies of the ships' manuscripts, not only when my great grandparents, grandparents, great uncles and aunts arrived at Ellis Island, but when they emmigrated 8 days prior from Germany. Thus, not only as a humanitarian or historical recount of these various related events, I know that with this publication, someone will be able to use the information contained to also re-create their own heritange and geneology. I would appreciate any help, or suggestions you might have in this matter, and please feel free to contact me at anytime.
Yorktown Heights, NY USA

Comments by Cheryl Thiel on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 07:35 IP Logged
Got your book two days ago and have already finished it. My husband and I are fairly new to the sport, having gotten interested when Arlington Race Course reopened after the fire. We so love the horses and the sport. Just wanted you to know that of all the books I have read on the races, yours by far exceed all the others. Thank you for taking so much time to research the lives and the times. I see that you have been writing thoroughbred horse books since 1988. If you have the ability to e-mail me, I would appreciate your letting me know the names of other books you have written. Thank you so much.
Saint Louis, MO USA

Comments by JoAnn Blanchette on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 04:10 IP Logged
Just finished your wonderful book. I tried as hard as I could to read it slowly so I would not finish it. Not possible! My favorite part was The Second Civil War. Also, I loved how the distinct personality of each horse is brought to life. I bought the book after a co-worker, who knows of my love of horses, passed on to me the review in the New York Times. I've wanted to learn about Man O' War, since researching the pedigree of my 7 year old QH gelding, and discovering that he was decended from Man O' War. I did learn about Man O' War, but I also learned much about the world of horse racing for which I have a new-found appreciation. I will be passing my copy of your book on to my friends at the barn where my horse is boarded. I'm sure they will all love it as much as I did, especially those who own thoroughbreds who once raced, as it will give them a glimpse into their horses' previous lives. Thank you for an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to your future efforts.
Wilbraham, MA USA

Comments by Joe Kazarian on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 02:58 IP Logged
Hi Laura, I heard you interviewed on the radio today. You were very good. I wanted to let you know that there is a great statue of Seabiscuit in front of the Tanforan shopping mall (the site of the old racetrack) in San Bruno CA., just south of SF.
USA

Comments by JAMES J DUNNE on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 01:21 IP Logged
DEAR MS. HILLENBRAND, A HAVE JUST FINISHED YOUR BOOK AND ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH. YOUR STORY DRAWS A PARALLEL SITUATION TO "RED" POLLARD BEING BLIND IN ONE EYE AT THE END OF HIS CAREER AND WALTER "MOUSEY" BLUM,NOW IN RACING HALL OF FAME,WHO WAS BORN TOTALLY BLIND IN ONE EYE BUT KEPT IT A SECRET WHILE HE RODE ALL AROUND THE COUNTRY.HE IS CURRENTLY A STEWARD IN FLORIDA AND HAS APPROVED AN APPRENTICE LICENSE FOR AN APPLICANT WITH ONE EYE.HE OBVIOUSLY KNEW THIS COULD BE DONE. YOUR STORY IS A CLASSIC! CONGRADULATIONS.
MIDDLETOWN, NJ USA

Comments by Bob Latimer on Saturday, March 31, 2001 at 00:34 IP Logged
Just finished the book. Words fail me. Simply the BEST!
Jupiter, Fl USA

Comments by Bob Werner on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 09:01 IP Logged
The book was fantastic!!!! I started to read it on my flight down to the Carribbean for vacation and I couldn't put it down. I spent the first day of my vacation reading it. The beach, the pool, the sun...I didn't know they were there until I finished the book on the second day. THANK YOU.
Trenton, NJ USA

Comments by Judy F. on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 07:40 IP Logged
Hello Laura: I live just "up the street" from you--off of Connecticut Avenue in Kensington. Thanks for writing such a marvelous book. I read it in two sittings--the second time staying up late until I finished. I haven't done that since being a teenager. How wonderful to get lost in such an engrossing book. I've never been that gung-ho about horses--I'm more of a cat and dog person, even though I'm very fond of most animals. But the reason your book has so many fans outside the horse world is because you've written a romance. A romance between three man and a very fast horse. A romance about America's love affair with racing in the 1930's. A romance that most individuals feel about watching a creature run fast, be it a horse, a cheetah, or even the tabby cat as she races across the yard. The ending was a bitter-sweet. I wanted Seabiscuit's team to always be together. Thanks for a memorable book. I've come away from it with many "mind pictures" including the one where you described how Seabiscuit would sleep in his stall with the monkey at his head, the dog resting near his belly, and his horse friend snoozing beside him.
Kensington, , MD USA

Comments by Ted Colley on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 04:59 IP Logged
Well Done! In future word association games, the response to SEABISCUIT will not be Howard, Pollard or Smith it will be......HILLENBRAND.
San Jose, Ca USA

Comments by J. Van Loon on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 03:36 IP Logged
My compliments on a terrific book. Very well written, good structure and great attention to detail. If one is not familiar with thoroughbred history, as I am not, it reads like a novel. On more than one kibitzing occasion about the greatest athlete of the last century I have touted Secretariat. I may have to re-evaluate that. The book was an impulse buy because of a family story. Along time ago, back in the 50's, Mom and Dad were driving across the country with 3 boys in the back seat. Games were stocked for obvious reasons. One of the games was a very simple racehorse board game. Six little horse figures in segmented colored lanes and a spinner on a numbered dial (1, 2, 3, 4). 'Jockeys' picked their mounts, spun the pointer in turn and moved their steeds accordingly. Much yelling and exhorting ensued - come on Man of War, go Native Dancer, giddyup Whirlaway, let's go Seezeebutt, etc. - until someone's horse was first across the finish line. 3 days and 7 states later a 'what's wrong with this picture' finally registered in the front seat. Mom asked for a spelling on "Seezeebutt." S E A B I S C U I T . Dad almost drove off the road.
AZ USA

Comments by steve harlen on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 03:18 IP Logged
Laura: I just bought your book. I grew up in the 1950's and remember playing a game with the great racehorses who preceded me. Seabiscuit was one of them along with Whirlaway and Man o War and War Adrimal. Thanks for awakening that memory, although I can't recall the game's name. I'll post another note after I finish the book and I look forward to the movie. Regards, Steve Harlen.
Phila., pa USA

Comments by Donald G. Geddes III on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 02:52 IP Logged
Dear Laura - I am only on page 65 of your stunning book but I feel as if I am reliving my youth. I am the stepson of the late NYRA starter George Cassidy who was the official starter of the match race between War Admiral and Seabiscuit, an event long remembered in our family. Not too long ago I sent the program that George carried in his pocket that memorable day in 1938 to the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga, Springs, N. Y. Growing up around racing was an incredible experience for me. The cherished memories of all those wonderful racetrack characters, their love of the thoroughbred horse and the magnificient champions they produced I am savoring in the pages of your book like a five year old on Christmas morning and I don't want it to end. It was a New York friend who kindly brought me your book, which you inscribed to me. My only regret is that I wasn't there to meet you personally and congratulate you on an outstanding labor of love. Warmest regards - Donald Geddes
New Orleans, LA USA

Comments by Jane Biberman on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 02:38 IP Logged
I just finished one of the best books ever written. Pete Hamill once said, If you have a story, tell it; if you don't, write it. You did both. As a journalist, I can't praise you enough. I also fell in love with Seasbiscuit. After finishing the book, I felt like trading in my TBG for one with a better disposition. Can't understand all those who have written in to say they are awaiting the movie; it could never be as brilliant as the book, which I am going to read again.
Philadelphia, PA USA

Comments by Roy Liberman on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 01:37 IP Logged
I have literally just finished this wonderful book and hated to see it end. The story of this incredible animal and the unusual characters that helped turned him into the great thoroughbred he was is breathtaking and I have not read a description of a sporting event quite as exciting as the Seabiscuit/War Admiral match race. Laura Hillenbrand is to be congratulated on giving her readers an unbelievably unique literary experience.
Stamford, CT USA

Comments by Susan Ferraro on Friday, March 30, 2001 at 01:15 IP Logged
Hello! I did the book cut on SEABISCUIT for the Daily News. I just want to thank you so much for your wonderful, BEAUTIFULLY written and realized and researched and thrilling book. I was so glad I was able to include paragraphs like the one where Red is experiencing the start of the race, with the dust and noise and rhythms and, in your writing, no commas, so as to give the breathlessness of it all and set up for the wonderful language about being alone with the horse and the moment. The DN also did a piece on you and CFS; your accomplishment is all the more impressive (personally, I find writing pretty demanding!). Anyway, I had a very good day reading and working with your book. Thanks, Susan Ferraro.
NYC, NY USA

Comments by Jack Shinar on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 09:58 IP Logged
Congratulations on a fine effort. I was so pleased to see the book climbing the Los Angeles and New York best-seller lists last week because it means more people are being exposed to the great sport of horse racing through the eyes of a great journalist, and you've really captured the essence of what makes it so wonderful. I only hope the movie does the book justice. You may be right - Seabiscuit's match race victory over War Admiral could be the greatest duel of all time. I'd love to be able to see it in its entirety. Personally, I'll take Affirmed beating Alydar in the Belmont for the 1978 Triple Crown. Ah, but that's what makes a horse race! I can't wait for your next effort.
Sacramento, CA USA

Comments by rana rickert on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 07:14 IP Logged
LAURA HILLENBRAND, YOUR BOOK ON SEABISCUIT,IS WONDERFUL. MORE SO TO ME THAN OTHERS. I OWN A RANCH IN CA., THAT WAS ONCE OWNED BY CHARLES HOWARD. IVE BEEN TOLD BY MANY, THAT IT'S THE RANCH SEABISCUIT WAS RETIRED AT, AND OR BURIED?? YET IT IS NOT 150 MILES NORTH, OF SAN FRANCISCO. SO IT IS NOT RIDGEWOOD. I HAVE CLIPS OF SEABISCUIT'S BRONZE STATUE, IN THE FRONT YARD. THEY ARE ONLY PHOTO'S, SINCE THE STATUE, WAS TAKEN TO SANTA ANITA. THERES ALOT OF HISTORY HERE AT THIS RANCH, THAT ALL LEADS TO SEABISCUIT. YET I AM DOUBTING WHAT IVE BEEN TOLD, AFTER READING SOME OF YOUR BOOK. CAN YOU HELP ME OUT? IVE LIVED IN THIS AREA, CLOSE TO THE RANCH, I BOUGHT, MOST OF MY LIFE. I'D LOVE TO HAVE SOME REAL FACTS, IF YOU CAN SPARE THE TIME. THANK-YOU RANA RICKERT 3-29-01 2:00PM
somis, ca. USA

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