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Just finished the book and had to add my praises to the others. A wonderful book that has renewed my passion for horse racing. Hope the movie and a new book are due out soon. Thanks again, Michelle Fowler
Michelle Fowler <micfowl@hotmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Friday, December 21, 2001 at 21:45:12 (EST)
Thank you very much for your book ! A french breeder. http://perso.libertysurf.fr/jbrohier
brohier <jbrohier@libertysurf.fr>
rennes, FRANCE - Friday, December 21, 2001 at 15:49:53 (EST)
Laura, Just a note to add my congratulations and thanks for a wonderful book. I've been following horseracing for 35 years, and it has given me so many great memories with some super people. You certainly captured the excitement and passion of the sport. Oh to have been at Pimlico that day! Outstanding story and so well written! I felt like I really knew Charles, Tom, Red and George, and of course The Biscuit, and I was rooting for each of them all the way. Thank you again for a wonderful gift. Jim Purgerson Ashland, Kentucky
Jim Purgerson <jpurgers@zoomnet.net>
Ashland, KY USA - Friday, December 21, 2001 at 15:17:31 (EST)
Hi, Laura. I've heard so much about you from Laurie Prinz and Christel and the others -- but they never mentioned your sense of humor, which was so delightful in The Book. For a lifelong racing fan, it was just such a special treat to read. I remember at 12 years old stopping three quarters of the way through the Black Stallion's Filly and starting over just so I didn't have to come to the end of it, and I felt the same way about Seabiscuit. One question: what small, knobby kneed little guy with an attitude did they get to simulate the 'Biscuit in the film?
Christy Cummings <ccummings@cowles.com>
Gaithersburg, MD USA - Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:12:18 (EST)
Laura-- I heard your interview on public radio and was intrigued. Though not a race fan, I found your book an outstanding study. My prayers and those of thousands of others are for your speedy and complete recovery. God bless you.
Vincent Black <vblack@neo.rr.com>
Mansfield, OH USA - Friday, December 21, 2001 at 13:44:51 (EST)
I was born in 1938 and was recently diagnosed with ALS. Thank heaven I found your book before it was too late. Now I know that 1938 was the Year of Seabiscuit. Thank you for this truly great book.
Dick Phillips <phillips@drizzle.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 23:18:51 (EST)
Laura, What a great job you did in opening our eyes to this truly American legend. It's obvious that you dug deep into the soul of the horse and everyone involved. At this time our country could use another Seabiscut but it's hard to believe another horse could surpass his feats. I hope the movie does justice to your great book.
Harry Kelly <hjkpulse@aol.com>
Keller, TX USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 22:35:02 (EST)
Dear Mrs. Hillenbrand, I work as a Resourse Aide at Willts High School with Mrs. King. We are reading your book in class and I wanted you to know how much we are enjoying reading it. I live on the upper part of what use to be the Howard ranch. When I bought my property there was only two other houses in the area. Cows would graze any where they wanted, even in my front yard! They would start by scratching them selves on my fence, but soon they would have pushed it over and were munching down on my prized roses! The white deer come up in the sping to have their babies and I know that Howard is the one that introduced them to the area. There are quite alot of herds of them these days. I have been to the ranch many times and I wish that your book showed the ranch when the Howard's owned it. The cross that was put on the north hill which I think was put there for Frank Howard is still there, though some one keeps having to reset it after heavy winds. The kids in our class were not happy at reading the book at first. Lots of whining, but as we got into it a surprising thing happened they grew to really like it. It was really nice to read about some local history and it's very interesting. I thank you for writing this very good book. Again thank you. Angelique Tompkins.
Angelique Tompkins <ric_tom@msn.com>
Willits, Ca. USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 14:06:20 (EST)
Laura, I cover the Pentagon for a living, but for relaxation II spend my weekends at Laurel Park. After reading your best seller, I went to the Laural replay center and watched a film of the great match race at Pimlico more than 60 years ago. The race was just as you described it. And seeing Tom Smith and George Wolfe and the whole Seabiscuit cast was so much more entertaining after I got to know them through your book. And you know, the tight-turn Pimlico oval still looks the same today, vice the street cars. your book has made great christmas presents. Congratulations
rowan scarborough <rscarborough@washingtontimes.com>
cheverly, md USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2001 at 11:44:07 (EST)
Thank you for perhaps the best book I've ever read, and I have read hundreds of them. We have a gentlemen in his mid-eighties who lives near us. He was a friend of Roy Rogers and kept Trigger in his barn many times. He was a jockey, trainer, and searched for Poncho Villa's gold. I believe he was one of the founders of the AQHA. A great book could be written on him. When he is gone a link between the past (when horses were used for everything) and the present will gone. You have a great style for writing. I hope the movie can do the book justice.
Gene Wehrheim <ewehrheim@hotmail.com>
Solon, IA USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 22:22:28 (EST)
Dear Laura,I would like to thank you a thousand times over.What a fabulous job of research to put together a very touching tale of the lives of a truly remarkable racehorse and the men who loved him.I first read an excerpt from the book in a magazine about 3 months before your book was released.Needless to say, I couldn't wait for it to reach the bookstores.I really only like reading true stories and biographies and this one is without a doubt my all time favorite.If it wasn't for you bringing this story to life to generations who had no idea who Seabiscuit was,then it would have been a shame that the story of his life and those around him would have been forgotten.I was very touched by this moving story and the passion you put into it.With all of the ego's and attitudes in today's sporting and celebrity world, it was truly refreshing to read about how Tom Smith and Red Pollard gave of themselves to truly care for and nurture the well being of Seabiscuit.I truly wish that I could see the great match race with War Admiral.If you ever make a copy of the footage you obtained at the auction either on CD or VHS,I would gladly pay you for a copy if you made it available. I hope the movie follows the book to a tee,and does well when it is released.Once again I thank you and wish you well in future endeavors.I am 43 years old.
Barry Iorillo <Barry58Iorillo@aol.com>
Toms River, NJ USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 19:49:22 (EST)
Laura, I too graduated from Kenyon but it was 1948! Being that old I was a Seabiscuit fan and rememberd Clem McCarthy's voice over the radio. I was not a horseman (I was on the Kenyon riding team) but I sure remember his and War Admiral's races. As I was waiting for transfer to the Pacific in '45 we were put up in the stables at Tanforan. I had thought it was owned by Crosby- maybe I was bunked in his stable too. You're wonderful and a great credit to the school on the hill. Charlie
Charles Parton <cbbaa@vineyard.net>
Edgartown, MA USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 19:36:02 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: My father was an addicted $2 bettor all of his life. He truly loved horseracing and would regale me with the great stories. He had his heroes -Seabiscuit and the "Iceman" were two. Thank you for this riveting story that brought both the period and my father back to me. I will look forward to the movie.
Dan Shields <dndshlds@aol.com>
King George, VA USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 12:03:08 (EST)
Laura: Outstanding book. You got it right. I felt like I was on the backstretch again. I'm a racetracker from the glorious seventies- Riva,Secretariat,Forego,Affrmed,Slew,etc.- a great time to be at the track.It really was like being with the circus. Your book brought back lots of 30 year old memories.You could do a wonderful story on Forego,for instance.I spent all of 1973 working in his barn from Hialeah to Lexington to Belmont to Saratogo -great year. Thanks for the great read. Best wishes, John Tobin
John Tobin <Tobin 633 @aol>
Ridgefield, Ct USA - Monday, December 17, 2001 at 20:20:09 (EST)
I read your book just over a year ago and can't express the enjoyment it gave me. I later heard that you were ill when writing the book. Recently, Kenyon's admissions dean told me you remain ill. I want to express my wishes for a speedy recovery. You were able to capture the spirit of an amazing horse, and I have recommended the book to many of my colleagues at The Wall Street Journal.
Susan Lillo <sjl929@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 15:01:42 (EST)
I do alot of driving so I recently listened to the audio version of the book. Such a well-crafted book! It captivated my attention so that for several nights I stayed in the car in the driveway to listen to a logical conclusion for the day! I will read the book and look forward to the movie!
Larry Kovacs <kiwiloco@msn.com>
Avon Lake, Oh USA - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 12:57:49 (EST)
My sister sent me a copy.just finished. i am so much in awe of your writing ability, it wouldn't have mattered what the book was about, it was a joy to read work with such original, unusual and effective words slung in to create such vivid visual pictures! As an artist and professional painter of horses in Australia, I have to take my hat off to such talent. Please advise of your next book! (PS: why did they put a headless photo of Seabiscuit on the cover of the book about HIM??)
Pauline McCarthy <pmcc@idl.net.au>
Largs, NSW Australia - Friday, December 14, 2001 at 03:19:21 (EST)
When I chose a realtor to sell my California house, we found that we both love horses. She shared your book and I loved it. We spent many hours talking about it, horse lore, both of our experiences with many thoroughbreds. Now we are inseparable, and commited to marriage! Thank you from both of our hearts! Now, if you can tell me how/where to get one of those Seabisuit horseshoes or ashtrays, that would be a prime wedding gift for my love!
Elliott Zember <hanksam@salmoninternet.com>
Salmon, ID USA - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 19:36:25 (EST)
I like the book. As student at Willits High School it kind of amazes me that this little town would be mentioned in a book. I never even heard of Seabiscuit until my teacher Mrs. King started reading it to us. It is great and interesting. I love it. Thanx alot. -Mike Frye-
Michael James Frye-Krauss <inline20022000@yahoo.com>
Willits, Ca USA - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 14:24:23 (EST)
Laura: This book was a masterpiece of journalism and perhaps the best book on sports I've ever read. You may even have inspired me to get off my duff and get to researching a book of my own. Never mind the movie--what is your next book? Best, Gardner Selby
gardner <gardner@io.com>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 13:47:13 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand; Just finished Seabiscuit. What a wonderful book. I have been a fan of the sport since I worked at Monmouth Park as a kid in the 50's. I can still hear the call of the track announcer, Morris Tobe, as the horses made the turn for home. Thank you! Phil Weinstein
Phil Weinstein <frangw100@aol.com>
Kendall Park, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 09:41:48 (EST)
I understand why the reviews were so good. I enjoyed the book very much. I thought it even more interesting because it was written by a woman when there is no question that horse racing is a man's world. I read on the book jacket that you are involved in a movie deal about the story. I will defintely see it if you are involved. Good writing.
Terri Knight <terrik@sgi.net>
Pittsburgh, PA USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 23:08:05 (EST)
This is great. It is wonderful how an old story of a hard trying horse can give so much boost to a whole sport. I am really looking forward tot his movie. Thank you!!!
Natalie <racegirl13@yahoo.com>
Bellvue, CO USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 18:00:42 (EST)
Dear Laura, I have never been a fan of horseracing before, but I'm certainly one now. I can only imagine the work you must have put into that book, it shows. I read a lot of books on a lot of topics and am very rarely moved as I have been with Seabiscuit. I told my husband I want a picture of him for Xmas! I am saving that book to read to my children, what an inspiration! Yours sincerely Lauren Hayer
Lauren Hayer <orencefrench@hotmail.com>
Jersey City, NJ USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 16:33:23 (EST)
Miss Hillenbrand: Outstanding in every respect! I have an entirely new respect and appreciation for horse racing and for those involved. Watching a race will never be the same. Your research on the subject was so wll done and your final presentation, magnificent! Thank you.
John K. Rafferty
Hamilton, NJ USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 09:53:50 (EST)
Dear Laura, I so enjoyed your captivating overview of Seabiscuit's history during your PBS interview by Diane Rehm. I promptly ordered your book. Your vocal presentation during the show belied the personal, serious health challange you courageously endure. I realize that you have probably been inundated with well meaning suggestions. I will add yet another to your list. As difficult as it may be for you to believe, there is truly something available, unique, non toxic and referenced by many thousands of scientific papers. I have a personal fried who, as a corporate executive, became totally disabled for ten years with CF/FM. She too, had tried scores of healing approaches & had about given up when she finally found relief and renewed health through nutraceutical supplementation. Since you indicated that your condition is continually worsening (in spite of what corrective modalities you have explored), I implore that you and/or your health care professional, review the Nutritional Science Site: "www.glycoscience.com" Home Page: Click "Consolidated Review of Potential Benefits". Click 1. then scroll through the Review noting the extensive range of scientifically validated, health related benefits associated with glyconutrients. Continue to scroll near bottom to "Other Biological Effects" and click on each of the four CF/FM referenced papers for supporting data. Laura, may you remain open to all possibilities. There is a natural way back to optimum health! Lucretia
Lucretia Smith <mhealth@internetcds.com>
Ashland, OR USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 21:55:11 (EST)
Laura, Growing up near Santa Anita, I do recall hearing stories of Seabiscut, but never heard the whole story. Thanks for your engaging story. You managed to capture beautifully the racing scene at the tim and the melding of the human spirit to help a cantakerous horse like Seabiscut realize his full potential. We all learned from the experience and the reason we don't want this story to end.
allen tamura <atamura@houston.rr.com>
The Woodlands, TX USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 19:43:16 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I'm not a horse man, Don't ride and really can't even remember watching the Kentucky Derby on Television. An unlikley fan to say the least, but you now have one in me . Your book had me spellbound. I couldn't put it down. Your beautiful writing held me throughout and at times I even felt my heart racing as Seabisquit came down the homestretch. Thank you for a fantastio read. Sincerely, Michael L. Locklair
Michael L. Locklair <Michael_locklair@charleston.K12.sc.us>
Charleston, SC USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 14:41:39 (EST)
Dear Laura: Finally got around to reading your book which was given to me as a birthday present last August. I had two friends tell me how much they liked the book. I finished it in three days and enjoyed it immensely. As a horseplayer for 50 years and a recent owner, I have attended the races at many of the tracks in your book,in the East and here in California. Congratulations on a very well-researched book, with in-depth character studies!
Tom Jebb <tdjxx@aol.com>
Camarillo, Ca USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 14:20:00 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand. I was just wondering if there are any videos available similar to the tape which was being looped at the Racing Museum's Seabiscuit exhibit of the match race with War Admiral, the 1940 SA Handicap, other footage and races of Seabiscuit. I can only find tapes available on e-Bay and they are going for $60-$100; too much for me as badly as I would like to obtain it! Also, when is the PBS documentary scheduled? The film is going to be wonderful; I can picture something similar to the "Phar Lap" film of a few years back. Again, thanks for the book. It touches my heart in a different way each time I read it.
Matthew Karns <matthewkarns@yahoo.com>
Bloomsburg, PA USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 17:23:26 (EST)
Dear Laura: Your book is our book club's selection this month. Not a fan of horses or racing, I otherwise wouldn't have read it. I found it entertaining & a real page turner, and the Western history was of particular interest. I'm looking forward to the PBS documentary.
Susan Peterson
Fort Collins, CO USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 15:12:51 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand: I don't go to the racetrack often though there are two nice ones in NJ, Monmouth being historical as well. When I do go, I don't win a lot of money, but I enjoy just watching those magnificent animals work. As a historian myself, I understand the contribution horses made in so many facets of American life. After reading Seabiscuit, which I purchased in the Georgetown B&N for fifty percent off (I couldn't turn that down)I was fascinated by the book. I didn't think reading about a particular horse race could be as exciting as seeing one in person, but you made it so. It is one of the most extraordinary biographies I've ever read. It tells the story of not just Seabiscuit, but also of a period in our history, and that is an added bonus. I am looking forward to the PBS offering and the movie. Thank you for writing the book. J. Czachowski
Joe Czachowski <jchowbball@aol.com>
Union, NJ USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 14:47:57 (EST)
I have been recommended to read the story of Seabiscuit.I think the entries in your guest book are proof indeed that this is essential reading. As a lover of the turf and horseracing,living within a stones throw of Aintree racecourse, the home of the Grand National and another great racehorse Red Rum,winner of 3 Nationals and second twice,I love to read about anything which raises the spirit and I am looking forward to reading the story of this great racehorse.
John Finnigan <johnfinn@blueyonder.co.uk>
liverpool, UK - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 14:46:03 (EST)
Hi Laura, Thank you so much for writing about the Biscuit...and for so accurately pinpointing the lives of those around the racing world; it is indeed a small family. I particularly enjoyed your story of Bert Baroni's bet in the Gold Cup; alas, poor Specify. My father actually had looked at Seabiscuit as a 2 year old,offered at a very cheap price, but chose to pass on him because of his leg structure...He bought Top Row instead, which won the '36 Santa Anita Handicap...another cheaply priced colt with no great bloodline. He did regret his decision to pass on the Biscuit, and that may have resulted in such a heavy bet in the Gold Cup. My father was a good study of the overlooked colt , and trained his own horses until late in his career. Thanks again for your excellent work.
Al Baroni <aabaroni@aol.com>
Santa Barbara, Ca USA - Sunday, December 09, 2001 at 01:23:23 (EST)
Dear Laura, I was driving to Michigan to meet my husband and had a Public Radio station on. It was the interview you did about the book. I have always loved horse racing (and horses) and the story just grabbed my attention. I was hoping the station would stay clear til you were done. And it did. My husband just wrote a book and he just loved you web site. It really grabs you eye. I loved Man'O War, Kelso, Candy Spots, and all the other race horses of my youth. I can't wait to get the book and read it. I'm sure it will make me cry and smile for the underdog. Thank you for bringing the story back for a new generation to read. Horses were the super heros of that era!!! I have 2 horses of my own and ride dressage. At 53 years old I am loving my life with my horses more and more each day. Please take care of yourself and God Bless.
Jeannette Giangrande <jag133@juno.com>
Woodburn, in USA - Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 20:17:36 (EST)
I have been a lover of horses all my life but never had much of an interest in horseracing. After reading "Seabiscuit", I fell in love again, this time not only the horse, but all the people surrounding him. Thank you for your wonderful research which brought this story to touch my heart.
Dana L. Strauss <biph@att.net>
Novato, Ca USA - Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 12:17:03 (EST)
Laura, Just read the article on you in the Journal Nov.2001 issue. I have also suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and for years could not find anyone to believe me. Just wanted you to know you are not alone. The book sounds very interesting - I will be reading it soon. Feel well.
Barbara Galletta <bjg7491@mac.com>
FFL USA - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 19:55:19 (EST)
Laura, I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. The language and pace of the book was as fine as I've encountered in a work of non-fiction. You have an exceptional gift. I heard of the book through my father and your father, Bernie. My dad, Mark Keane, and your dad are long-time friends. In fact, I think there are few greater pleasures for your dad or mine than to sit down over the phone or in person and argue with great fervor and animation over a incredible breadth of subjects. Having met your dad on several occassions (the most recent was the groundbreaking ceremony for the WWII monument in DC), I had heard him "brag" about his gifted daughter. Assuming that your dad, like mine, grossly exagerated the talents of his offspring, I took his enthusiastic (picture arms and hands gesturing rather madly)comments about you and your book with a grain of salt. However, after my dad, a rather discerning reader, recommended the book to me, I was off to pick it up. I read it some months ago, and I'm very belatedly congratulating you on a tremendous accomplishment. Few of us create something so substantial and lasting in our lives. Your dad has every reason to be proud and so do you, Laura. By the way, like you, I grew up in DC. I now live in Charlotte, NC with my family. I still get up to DC to visit two brothers that live in the area. I wish you good health (your father has told me of your health struggles and I pray that you'll see better days ahead) and good writing. Pete Keane
Pete Keane <peterkeane@usa.net>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 16:29:03 (EST)
DEAR LAURA: HAD THE PLEASURE TO READ YOUR BOOK ON A LONG TRAIN RIDE FROM CHICAGO TO NEW YORK. IT IS A PLEASURE TO FIND SUCH A BOOK THAT EXTOLS THE ENDURING PLEASURES OF THOROUGHBRED RACING WITHIN A WELL CRAFTED AND WRITTEN RESEARCH DOCUMENT. I ONLY WISH THAT MORE PEOPLE OF YOUR AGE AND YOUNGER WOULD DISCOVER THE JOY OF THE RACE TRACK, A MICROCOSM OF LIFE AND A CELEBRATION OF MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS. SEABISCUIT LIVES IN HORSES LIKE TIZNOW. WE ALL SHOULD LOOK BEYOND THE WEAKNESSES OF THE SPORT AND ENJOY ITS ENDURING PLEASURES. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR WORK.
DRYAN <DRYAN7374@AOL.COM>
SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ USA - Friday, December 07, 2001 at 15:28:14 (EST)
Thank you so much for writing this fabulous book. Heard the interview on PR and was hooked. I found myself shouting aloud w/ excitement as I read your book. I have always loved horses and have listened to and read about horseracing most of my life. Maybe it has something to to w/ my horse-playing father who passed on when I was 10 yrs old. Reading your book made me so wish he were here today so we could talk about those days he must have enjoyed so much. Thank you again! Look forward to the movie. Have you written any other books?
Sharon Louise <gypsywomyn@att.net>
Rolling Meadows, IL USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 22:25:18 (EST)
Laura-As a life-long rider rider with more than a decade's worth of Equus on my shelves (at 34), I'm ashamed to admit that to me, Seabiscuit was just a racehorse in an ancient boardgame I played as a child. An avid reader, I was intrigued by the fact you chose to write about him and spellbound by the talent you have for placing the reader right there. You have done Seabiscuit, Smith, Red and the Howards a great service by showing us all how they could come together and pull of something of this magnatude. It's almost unbelievable. You are to be congratulated on a beautiful piece of work. Tell the grammar police to relax; 'who' instead of 'whom'? I was really interested in getting to who won the next race and if it would rain!!
Heidi Quinn <luvamoose67@yahoo.com>
Carolina, RI USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 22:02:56 (EST)
Seabiscuit was one of the greatest books I've ever read. Eventhough it was non-fiction and the results were well known, I couldn't put the book down. I am collector of signed books. Is there any way to get a signed copy? Are you doing any book signings in the New York City area? I will gladly forward my copy along with a stamped return envelope. Many, many thanks.
Michael Rosenberg <michael.l.rosenberg@chase.com>
Forest Hills, NY USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 16:38:13 (EST)
read your book; enjoyed it immensely. my neighbor heard the interview on NPR. here's something i heard recently: women were having very good success in fighting CFS by avoiding foods with aspertain and MSG. regards.
kayser <rkayr@stic.net>
san antonio, tx USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 15:42:54 (EST)
I absolutely loved this book. I grew up in horse country, but only had a passing interest in racing. "Seabiscuit" not only has given me a new appreciation of the sport, but also has made me angry that his story was not as well known today as it should have been. Your book has certainly changed that. "Seabiscuit" is thrilling from beginning to end. I only hope the film lives up to it.
Paul Evans <evansp@lycos.com>
Lexington, KY USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 23:45:57 (EST)
Laura, I just bought the book for my Dad for Christmas... He grew up helping my great uncle, who was an owner/trainer of Sweepida (winner of the Santa Anita Derby in 1940!) I'd love to talk to you about the upcoming film... HAPPY HOLIDAYS! = ) Hope your well, Jeff
Jeff Moznett <jeffrey.moznett@disney.com>
studio city, ca USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 16:52:44 (EST)
Dear Laura:I grew up reading CW Anderson's books about throughbreds.You don't have to be a horselover to love your book as you made the human characters such an integral part of the story.I devoured every book I could find on horses as a kid, and this brought back my childhood in a sense.You are now on the list of my heroes. My niece has cfs and I told her she would be inspired by the book. I can see Dustin Hoffman playing Red Pollard to a T. I can hardly wait to see the film and look forward to the documentary on pbs.
Helen Josey <hmjosey@aol.com>
White City , Or USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 15:43:33 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I am new to the subject of horses and horse racing, and was curious to read your book after visiting the Kentucky Horse Park this summer. The park has huge exhibits trumpeting the exploits of Man O'War and his son, War Admiral. I wondered, "Why didn't they mention Seabiscuit? I thought he was a great horse of that era." Now that I've read your wonderful book, I understand why they left "the Biscuit" out. Nobody likes to celebrate their conqueror! Many thanks for a touching, exciting, and wonderful read.
Mary Clare <m.clare@mail.utexas.edu>
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 13:38:17 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand: I don't know if you remember my emailing you before. I am the high school teacher in Willits who wanted to read Seabiscuit with her 12th grade English students. We are now about halfway finished and my students are loving your book. My students are not great readers, so I read most of it aloud to them. As the story goes along they are more and more involved with Seabiscuit. I know Seabiscuit will live on in my students, as a book they truly enjoyed and as a horse they have come to love. It has also given them a sense of the local history. I'll have them write in your guestbook in the near future.
Jeanne King <jeanneking@pacific.net>
Willits, CA USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 16:53:26 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand--This is an amazing piece of sportwriting. I know you probably have the track announcer cast in the film version of "Seabiscuit", but if you need a Clem McCarthy, let me know. I can hear how it should be done and what great moments that must have been. God! I'd love to do this. In any event, I can't wait for the film. Best to you and thanks for such a wonderful book! Gary D.
Gary Dreibelbis <drdribs@marinmarket.net>
San Anselmo, CA USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 02:11:45 (EST)
Laura Hillenbrand: Thanks for writing a terrific book. A comment and a question. First, it would be nice if you could reprint the past performances of Seabiscuit at the end of your book. It would be incredible to look at the 35 races he ran as a two year old. Finally, did mentioned that George Woolf had some weight problems due to his disease. Did he have any problem making the 120 pound weight limit when he rode Seabiscuit in the match race against War Admiral?
Howard Dreizen <hdreizen@hotmail.com>
Owings Mills, MD USA - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 22:48:36 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I have always loved horses but I never really got into watching racing. When I picked up your book, I knew instantly after reading the first page that I would love it. Your book has truly inspired me, and although I wasn't alive when Seabiscuit raced to watch him, I feel somehow connected to the small horse. This story has truly touched my heart. Thank you.
Amy D. <golden_angel4@hotmail.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 21:58:16 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I've just finished your book, Seabiscuit, and loved every written word. Now 38 years old, I've been reading about thoroughbreds since I was a small child, and you've filled in so much detail about Seabiscuit. I knew most of the horses that you'd mentioned in your book from everything else that I could get my hands on to read, but nowhere in such great and loving detail. It is a wonderful, wonderful book - it not only is a biography of Seabiscuit, but a slice of American history as well. I can only ask as a horse lover, please, please, write another!
Jeanine Gross <jkgross@optonline.com>
Farmingdale, NY 11735 - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 21:09:54 (EST)
Thank you for writing a great captivating book. As a 10 year old, I used to sneak in the track at Suffolk Downs (at the time a person had to be 21 to attend) and have been a fan since then. I especially enjoyed to way you described the way the horse and jockey responded to each other; both knowing the nuances of one another. As a fan in the grandstand (a $2.00 bettor) I never realized all the strategy and communication that went on during the running of the race. I still go to the races but now have a clearer understanding of what might be going on. I wonder if you, or anyone, might know haow I can obtain a video of the race with War Admiral and some of the other great races run by the "Biscuit". Also, I hope you write more books on the Racing scene, as you tell a beautiful story. Thank you again, and congratulations on your success. Herb Ring
Herb Ring <hasring@home.com>
Newort Beach, CA USA - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 17:00:39 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand. Thank you for a thrilling story of the "greatest horse." As a 10 year old I used to sneak into Suffolk Downs to watch the races. ( At that time no one under 21 could attend the race track). Since then,I'm seventy three, I have been a fan of racing..altho only a $2.00 bettor. How well you descibe the amount of interest he created on all us fans.I especially liked the way you described the relationship between jockey and horse and how they became able to read and respond to each other. Watching from the grandstand none of the interplay is evident,so thank you for bringing this out. I wonder if you, or anyone, can advise me where I can obtain a copy of the match-up with War Admiral; and some of the other great races of "the Biscuit" I hope you write another book on Racing as you have a great feel for the sport, its people, and its horses. Herb Ring hasring@home.com
Herb Ring <hasring@home.com>
Newport Beach, CA USA - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 16:41:39 (EST)
Hello again! (I'm the one who did the book excerpt of Seabiscuit for the NY Daily News, and am SUCH a big fan of your book!) I am doing a story now on chronic fatigue syndrome, and you are such a heroine with it I wounder if you could give me a call for a quick interview. My number is 212=210-1647. Thanks. Susan Ferraro
Susan Ferraro <sferraro@edit.nydailynews.com>
NYC, NY USA - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 12:01:41 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Intrigued by Irwin's daughters, and how that could be a story all on it's own, I was inspired to tell you of a living Tom Smith type gal, a friend of mine that's helping me with my breeding business of big percheron pintos. She was a rodeo queen in North Dakota in the 40's and grew up learning how to ride with the Indians who lived in the hills near her father's horse farm. Anyway, I have a horse farm and I have a CD that is about to be released and want to send you a copy, as some of the music reminds me of some of the stories in your wonderful book. Where should I send it? I'm also a mounted cop in my small town of Amherst, Mass. where I am married to an English Prof. from Amherst College (not a typical job for a prof.'s wife)...there are many funny stories there as well. thanks for your wonderful book. Marty
Marty Townsend <mgtownsend@mediaone.net>
Amherst, Ma USA - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 16:59:48 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, Thank you for taking the time (and effort!) to write a beautiful story/documentary about this American hero. What an undertaking...and how exquisitely you pulled it off! I was very impressed by how well-organized it is...wow! the note, acknowledgments, index, and photos were frosting on a very rich and satisfying "cake." I'm glad to know the story behind this remarkable horse. The lives of the people associated with him are inspiring...but most of us wouldn't have that inspiration if it hadn't beeen for your amazing talent and persistence. I just finished the book this morning then took a long ride in a light rain through the redwood forest on my 19 year old bay gelding (born on May 17....the date of Seabiscuit's passing) and have a whole new perspective of how wonderful a horse can be. Thank you again!
Karen Rice
USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 19:01:46 (EST)
I ewould like to buy a picture or little suvior of seabiscuit Can you help me
esther cohn <ecohn@earthlink.net>
sacramento, ca USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 18:57:06 (EST)
Dear Ms Hillenbrand: Let me first begin by thanking you for your absolutely wonderful book. I have read the book three times since I purchased it (of course I read the local library's copy so as to not ruin mine!) I so treasure the story of Seabiscuit, both as a horse owner and lover, as an avid fan of thoroughbred horse racing, and as someone who derives so much inspiration from all the people associated with The Biscuit. I only wish I could have been alive to see him race in person. I would have begged, bought, and stolen to get to the 1938 Pimlico Special! Yesterday I drove 5 hours to the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY just to see the Seabiscuit exhibit (the rest of the museum was great also.) It was so wonderful to see The Biscuit's halter and blanket, Red Pollard's boots, leg brace, hymn book, the trophies, the photos, the video of "THE" match race and the Santa Anita Handicap; the entire exhibit was so, so well done! I especially enjoyed seeing the items on loan from you. Such a precious collection. Anyway, I really, REALLY thought that the exhibit was absolutely incredible. Thank you so much for making it possible and for bringing the story of Seabiscuit and his human companions back from the mists of time. All the best of everything to you. Very sincerely, Matthew karns
Matthew Karns <matthewkarns@yahoo.com>
Bloomsburg, PA USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 18:30:31 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand; Thank you so much for giving life to a story well worth telling! While recovering from surgery I read about you and your book in an article in REAL SIMPLE magazine. I also have CFS with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. And after my divorce I've found myself on the verge of financial ruin. The surgery was the "icing on the cake." But the story of the "Biscuit" spoke to me and helped keep my spirits up at a time when I was beginning to think I had done all I could do. It's not just a "sports" story. It's a story that can mirror so many of our lives - struggling against bodies that fail, luck that won't hold, systems that won't waver and ideologies that say "you can't." I have read each chapter with hopeful anticipation and cried with joy for each characters personal triumph. I've returned to work and my screensaver now says "Remember The Biscuit". And when I start to feel overwhelmed I remember Seabiscuit, the Howards, Red Pollard, George Wolff and Tom Smith. I'd like to thank you for putting it all into words and quite possibly saving my life at a time when I needed to be reminded that the odds are meant to be broken!
DB <Dbsimpson@hotmail.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 17:52:03 (EST)
Laura, Just when I needed to feel passion, "Seabiscuit..." woke my emotions. My childhood passion for horses asleep or awake has emerged drawing me into the light of discovery--past and future. I also heard your interview on Thanksgiving day on the Diane remise show. As I drove to be with friends and celebrate my many blessings I discovered the inspiration of Seabiscuit's story and yours. Since then I hurried to read your book only to find that I had to stop often for my mind, body and emotions to compose before continuing. What beautiful writing--what a beautiful spirit you share. A blessing that day indeed! Thinking of you...be well.
Kelly Kahler <vtcxc@sover.net>
Wilmington, VT USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 22:09:25 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I apologize for posting this here. I read an article about your ongoing battle with CFS. My company just may have something that could be of great benefit to you. Please email me for details. Sincerely, Glenda Lowery
Glenda Lowery <glowery@webound.com>
Lebanon, MO USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 21:01:01 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand, I really enjoyed your book. You might notice my email address, yes from Seabiscuit. I am a Technical Sgt in the USAF, and I work as a Crew Chief on the KC135, which is an air refueling aircraft. Following Air Force tradition, the crew chief(mechanic, much like NASCAR racing) names his or her aircraft, and about 5 years ago, my crew and I named our aircraft Seabiscuit. We didn't know the whole story, but myself and my friend Brian Blevins new some race horse history, and with Brian's recommendation, we named our piglet the Seabiscuit. Since the time we named the original Biscuit, we have had 3 other jets, and some of the Biscuit boys and girls have moved on to other pursuits, the legend of our original Seabiscuit lives on. Thanks much for giving us the history of a great horse. I know it is probably corny to compare a living horse with the aluminum and steel of our riders steed, but our "Biscuit" is still our baby. Steve "BigBiscuit" Olson P.s. If you would like to see the nose art that we have been lobbying our leadership to approve, email me back and I will send it. It is taken from an artist from Tacoma Wa, not remembering her name, but the work was The Spirit Takes flight. Steve O.
Stephen Olson <bigbiscuit@prodigy.net>
Wichita, ks USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 19:03:20 (EST)
Laura: If we ship you the book could you sign. We would be most honored. Also, when the Ives documentary is released, we would like to purchase a copy, so hopefully the information on that could be posted on the forthcoming page. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all. Toby Cooper Menlo Park CA
Toby Cooper <tcooper1@pclient.ml.com>
USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 17:46:17 (EST)
is there an "unabridged" audio book available??? thanks
mark <msd4@pge.com>
USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 16:31:57 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I just finished Seabiscuit, and I wanted to tell you that I loved it. Every race you described had an edge-of-the-seat feel to it, and evoked the time and the place wonderfully. I also felt that you presented very clearly the bond that was shared by the three men and Seabiscuit. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book. Sincerely, Arundhati Chakravorty.
Arundhati Chakravorty
Menlo Park, CA USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 16:20:31 (EST)
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, Your book Seabiscuit is a great story! I love it! Except for one thing, the use of curse words. My Dad had to read through it before me and mark out the words before I could read it. I know you can't change the book now but I'm asking you to please keep all the curse words you can out of the movie. I'm sure other people will feel the same way. Thank you, Grace Hughs
Grace Hughs <jhughs@stny.rr.com>
USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 14:08:30 (EST)
A life-long fan of thoroughbred racing, I recently finished your book and nearly cried at the epalouge. There are many great horses that have captured our hearts this pas century, and Seabiscuit was, by far, one of the most memorable and heart-wrenching. As a young thoroughbred owner and race fanatic, I have watched racing greats such as Cigar, Skip Away, and Da Hoss gallop own the homestretch to the finish line in first, bringing joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. I can only imagion the thrill that Seabiscuit put on such an adoring and populated crouwd in a time of such turmoil. A gangly colt destined to becaome a classic American Icon, Seabiscuit did as few others have done: he pulled a Carry Back-style rags-to-riches classic tale that was beautifully recaptured by author Laura Hiltenbrand. The rush I got from reading the book must have been but a fraction of the feeling of the crowds at Belmont and Santa Anita, and the pride shared by Pollard, Howard, and Smith. Thank you for recognizing this great thoroughbred, aknowledging one of our best, and re-creating a perfect scene, giving the horse more than a name, but also a true personality, as each one is truely unique.
Kari Newman <vagrent@angelfire.com>
Chaska, MN USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 11:39:10 (EST)
Ms. Hillenbrand A life long interest in horses and 20 years training thoroughbred race horses were not the only reason for my purchase of your great book. First, let me introduce you to my former father-in-law, Archie McTaggart. Archie came west in a covered wagon and lived to see men walk on the moon. He was also a political person, twice mayor of Butte, MT. Since Butte had a larger population of Irish working the "richest hill on earth", he changed the spelling of MacTaggart (Scotch) to McTaggart (Irish). When Red Pollard arrived in Butte, maybe even younger than your research indicated, Archie provided him with a home. In fact, some felt that Archie raised Red. At any rate, Red sent Archie a win picture of Seabiscuit beating Kayak II signed "I done(sic) it and I'm glad." He also sent Archie his racing saddle which has his name carved or burned into it. Archie treasured these mementos. Upon his death at the age of 93 or 94, these were passed to his son who still has them. Interested? I can put you in touch with Bob McTaggart.
Suzy Schauer <ssdlw@mtintouch.net>
Malta, MT USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 22:14:53 (EST)
Laura Hillenbrand: I just finished reading "Seabiscuit." A very enjoyable book. The reason for writing you is that I own a firm that specializes in appraising "trophy" property, especially ranches. We are currently working on two projects that are along the CA. coast and I was wondering if there might be more specific information available from you on the location of Ridgewood, which is fairly close to one of the ranches we are valuing in the Redding area. I would like to stop by and have a look at Ridgewood, soulds as if there may be some "Seabiscuit history" there. Thanking you in advance, Bill Mundy.
Bill Mundy, Ph.D., MAI <bill@mundyassoc.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 20:52:17 (EST)
Dear Laura, There are not enough superlatives to express how much I enjoyed your book. In my world, "Seabiscuit" is in a match race with "Gone With The Wind". I am honored to have your signature in my copy, having purchased it in an online auction through an organization that supports the rehabilitation, retraining, and retirement of Thoroughbreds when their racing careers have ended. My own 4 year old OTTB is a great-great-great-great grandson of War Admiral, and after reading your descriptions of Seabiscuit's rival, I am thrilled to report that my "Counsel" is as sweet and even-tempered as they come - thank goodness! I look forward to the documentary and movie. Very best wishes to you from our entire mixed species family.
Mira <mira@jonessalesgroup.com>
Flower Mound, TX USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 18:27:08 (EST)
Dear Miss Hillenbrand: Your book is a masterpiece of research-turned-thriller! I have never read the equal of your gripping descriptiion of a horse race. (After 40 years of riding Thoroughbreds, I can attest to the accuracy of your heart-pounding relation of what goes on under the saddle.) Seabiscuit is so good that it is probably the only book in which I find the acknowledgements interesting in themselves--especially since I know so many of the people you cited! Unfortunately, however, you were ill served by your editors, who allowed many grammatical and syntactical errors to appear. I cite but two: page 203, fourth-last line, "...but the mane plaits didn't lay [sic] right..." Since lay is a transitive verb, the word must be "lie right." On page 255, line 8:"...strong-armed into dismissing Milton, whom [sic] he and virtually all observers agreed had done nothing wrong..." Diagram the sentence, and you'll see that the word must be "who." They also should have caught the fact that there was no National Weather Service at the time; it was the Weather Bureau of the Department of Commerce. In spite of your incompetent editors, you have written a book that exhibits a delightful style, scholarly research, and which I shall reread many times. I only hope the movie will be worthy of it. Sincerely, Don Barry FOXHALL FARM THOROUGHBREDS
Don Barry <vtfsonoita@yahoo.com>
Sonoita, AZ USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 18:17:45 (EST)
As a horse fanatic for 50 years, this story is awesome. I cried in various places through the entire story, and the match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral gave me goosebumps. I read the narrative of that race five times just to relive it. A fantastic book, and a fantastic horse!
Katherine Shaffer <kshaffer@netusa1.net>
Hartford City, IN USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 14:40:29 (EST)
Dear Laura, My father is a long time trainer of thoroughbred horse in Maryland. His name is Charles H. Hadry,I have your book and with x'mas on its way I would like to know if there is a way to get in touch with you for a meetting so I may get you to sign the book for my father. I'm more than willing to meet with you in Washington D.C. just tell me were to meet you, time and date and I will be there. Here is my E-Mail address again DC1DAVE@MSN.COM
David M. Appel <DC1DAVE@MSN.com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 11:03:41 (EST)
This is a copy of an email I sent to Oprah Winfrey: Last Thursday, while en route to my mother's house for our Thanksgiving day feast, I tuned into the Diane Rehm show on NPR. Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend, was discussing the fantastic horse that inspired her book. I was completely drawn in by Laura's friendly voice and her stories about Seabiscuit, and after about 15 minutes, all I could think about was getting my hands on the book. Hoping that Amerian capitalism had reached an all-time high (or low), I pulled up to the lot of a Barnes & Noble, praying it would be open. Of course, it wasn't. I spent the rest of Thanksgiving Day talking about how intrigued I was by Laura, and that the first thing I intended to do tomorrow was not hit the mall looking for sales, but hit the bookstore and buy her book. Last night, tears streamed down my cheeks as I finished the book. I am smitten with Seabiscuit, and am awed by Laura's ability to make horse races just as thrilling on the pages of a book some 60 years later. I hope you will consider Seabiscuit: An American Legend for your book club, as it is deserving of the exposure, and an absolute delight for readers, both equestrian and civilian (like me). Laura is an extraordinarily talented writer, and has captured an important period in American history with eloquence, truth, and tenderness. If you do feature the book, I would LOVE to be on your panel and meet Laura. Thanks for your time, and read the book. You will love it! Vahni Hughes
Vahni Hughes <vahni.hughes@firstunion.com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 09:58:33 (EST)
What a wonderful book. To maintain the suspense about a race whose results I already knew is magnificent. The people were so real, the racetrack lore so wonderful, that I felt I was transported back to 1938 and I was part of that crowd cheering for Seabiscuit. I have vague memories of seeing Native Dancer on tv when I was a little child, of seeing Secretariat and Northern Dancer and numerous other horses. But after reading your book I almost feel as if I had been along for the ride on Seabiscuit. Thanks for an especially enjoyable 300 plus pages.
Benjamin Sims <bencar2@aol.com>
Ridgewood, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 20:48:17 (EST)
Congratulations on a magnificent book! Though I was only a young child at the time, I still remember my father listening to races on the radio and cheering for Seabiscuit. I don't recall when I have enjoyed a book so much. Your narratives of the races were particularly gripping. Thank you so much.
Bill Shevlin <liams13@home.com>
Port Charlotte, FL USA - Wednesday, November 28, 2001 at 20:23:17 (EST)
Dear Laura Hillenbrand, My name is Nina and I am 11. I read your book, Seabiscuit an American Legend, and loved it. I love horses and want to become a horseback rider (I am not sure what kind) and an author. I chose your book for a book project for school and, if you have the time, would like to ask you some questions. 1. How did you go about collecting all the information for this book and how long did it take you? 2. What inspired you to write about Seabiscuit? 3. Are girls allowed to become jockeys and if yes did you ever want to become a jockey? Thanks you for your time and if your not able to get back to me by next Tuesday, the 4th of December, don't worry about it. I loved your book! Sincerely, Nina
Nina <fomb@gwi.net>
Bowdoinham, ME USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 20:37:46 (EST)
I just finished your book and have never been moved to make a comment or find out how to tell the author how much I have enjoyed the experience of the "ride". It was a delightful book which really got "under my skin"!! I could never wait to find out what his next milestone or dilemna would be. Thanks for a great reading adventure!! Once in awhile a book really STICKS with me and this one certainly did. I've recommended it several times over! Joyce
Joyce Di Pietro <joycedi@hotmail.com>
Pleasanton, CA USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2001 at 10:38:16 (EST)
During our Thanksgiving vacation, my husband and I read your book aloud to one another. After reading one of the racing accounts, I breathed deeply, saying: "My I'm exhausted, aren't you? That was an incredible race!" Obviously, I felt as though I had been in the stands rooting for the outcome. Since I've never been to a race, this was a fabulous subsitute. We commented often on your wonderful writing, the breathtaking, literally, way you engaged our sympathies, interests, and support. Looking at your research we discovered your remarkable creative work and applaud you for delving deeply in so many directions. Our Seattle friend put us on to this book on the telephone one day, so I immediately went to our local library which took almost three months to place a copy in my hand; now, we know why. We will be gifting others with copies of your fine work. Thank you for the work, the great read, the love at the heart of your writing and at the heart of the three men's stories which come together in great unity. What a message: men can honor the unique personalities of one another, so different, but be highly unified by a common love and task taking them in the same direction. The depth of your work, it seems to me, emerges in part from the compassion with which you viewed these and the other remarkable human beings. Do give us another great read when you are able!
Joan Becker <jbecker@psnw.com>
Fresno, CA. USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 15:56:13 (EST)
LAURA, VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT YOUR BOOK WON THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR,, GREAT HONOR AND VERY WELL DESERVED, BEST TO YOU GARY
GARY MEDEIROS <PHARLAP2@AOL.COM>
san leandro, CA USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 11:13:07 (EST)
When I was 8 years old , my older sister asked me 'Who di I want to win the race, Sea Biscuit or War Admiral?Thanks to your wonderful book, I can relive those memories of the 1930"s and the passion people had for those two horses. I am going on to read the Racing Form now so I can keep abreast of the racing world.
Nancy Parker <ladytopaz52@aol.com>
New York , NY USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 10:42:33 (EST)
Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse (published in America as Seabiscuit: An American Legend) has been named the 2001 winner of Great Britain's famed William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. One of the most prestigious literary prizes in Britain, the Sports Book of the Year Award carries a prize of 10,000 pounds (about $14,300), a free 1,000 pound bet, and a leather-bound copy of the winning book. Seabiscuit, which was chosen over four other shortlist titles, was published by Fourth Estate, Ltd. in the UK and Random House in the US. A long-term number one best seller in the United States, the book is currently being made into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Seabiscuit is also the subject of an upcoming PBS documentary, for which Hillenbrand is serving as a senior consultant. The award announcement was made to a media-packed audience in London.
Laura Hillenbrand
Washington, DC USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 10:38:15 (EST)
Dear Laura, Funny how fate works....we had put off our Thanksgiving road trip by one day and so were driving on Thanksgiving when I decided out of the blue to turn on the radio...there you were, just beginning your phone interview and I listened, enthralled, as you spoke of Seabiscuit. You are amazing and your book is one that I promised myself I'd pick up soon. As a holisitc practitioner I found myself perhaps most interested in the trainer biography (Tom Brown?) as it was emminently clear to me from the little you'd said about him that he was a man who could sense subtle energies and could tune into them, could and did work with them (just as I do) . Everything you said about him I understood. I am compelled to mention to you regarding CFS that what Tom did, you can learn as well in order to take back your power and your energy (and didn't you say that this is a book that keeps on giving? I sense there is even more than you may have thought :)....I was astounded to hear about your disability and am inspired by how much you've accomplished through it....I work for those with CSF and many other disfunctions, helping them to help themselves by working to harmonize their energy field and take back their lives (with a great success rate). This is what Seabiscuit's trainer understood, whether he did this consciously or not. (and no wonder he was more comfortable around animals than people as there would not have been many who worked as he did or understood that which he instinctively put into use.) If you do find youself intrigued in alternative / subtle energy work, please know that this is a mode that can accomodate you no matter where you are....for instance I myself only do remote work, meaning no physical meeting is required. Blessings to you, Sincerely, Chris Hagey
Chris Hagey <hobbledoge@msn.com>
Troy, MI USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 10:11:05 (EST)
Dear Laura, I just finished reading Seabiscuit out loud to my 11 year old horse-crazy daughter. We both were crying at the end because we felt like we had lost a close friend. It was a wonderful book--the characters are decribed so vividly. It was interesting to discover that Thistledown--a track that is nearby and where we sometimes attend races--was mentioned in your book. We recently spent a week in Lexington touring horse farms and going to the Horse Park and Keeneland, but your book really brought the world of horse racing to life for us. I noticed my daughter was taking the book with her to school today so she can start reading it to herself--a sure sign that she loved it as much as I did. Thanks so much, Sue Harris
Sue Harris <harriscat_44137@yahoo.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 09:34:16 (EST)
Laura you probably know the good news by now! i've just left the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and you won. It's always shocked me that bookshops in the US have racing titles in the gambling section and not in the Sports section. You have taken Racing out of the gambling section through the Sports section and basically into a totally different level altogether.
Jeremy Edge <jeremy39uk@yahoo.co.uk>
London, UK - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 09:31:50 (EST)
Dear Laura I'm glad to hear you've recovered from your illness. It's been quite some time since I first read your wonderful story about Seabiscuit. It's still on my nightstand. If you or any of your many fans know of film or a video of any of Seabiscuit's races, please contact me at 858-452-7226 or send me an email message. Thanks again for a wonderful story, and I hope you write another book soon-maybe expand on the life of one of the main characters. Red Pollard would be a good topic. Jerry Freeland, La Jolla, CA jerryandmargot@email.com
Jerry Freeland <jerryandmargot@email.com>
La Jolla, CA USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 01:52:54 (EST)
FROM THE AUTHOR: A number of readers have asked about how they can see actual film footage of Seabiscuit. You're in luck. Famed filmmaker Steve Ives is now producing a one-hour documentary on Seabiscuit's life. This documentary, which will air on PBS' American Experience next year (the date has not been slated), will feature original footage of all of Seabiscuit's major races as well as newsreel footage, home movies taken by the Howard family and Doc Babcock, and interviews with me and many of those associated with the horse and his handlers. I am serving as a consultant on the documentary. I will be adding a page to this site devoted to the documentary soon, so check back for details.
Laura Hillenbrand
Washington, DC USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 21:40:28 (EST)
I'm not old enough to have ever seen Seabiscuit race or even any newsreels but I'm familiar with his name and the names of other famed race horses.I didn't know anything else about him. I friend lent me this book and it is terrific. So interesting and well written and a chronicle of the times. It would appeal to anyone no matter their interests or background. It can easily be read in 2 days. Thank you for a wonderful story and history.
Jill North <treehugger@centralhouse.net>
Jackson, CA USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 20:24:35 (EST)
Dear Laura: Thank you for one of the best days' reading I have ever had--I started the book at 10PM yesterday and couldn't stop--read straight through till 4PM finishing your final remarks with a good cup of tea and deep joy. I'm a native Marylander, with lots of time under my belt at Pimlico, adn fortunate to have seen Native Dancer's training base first hand. Your story on paper is as brilliant as the screenplay was for Phar Lap--an unlikely Austrailian racehorse with parallels of rough luck and phenomenal wins.If your screenwriters get stuck--have them watch Phar Lap --it is a memorable film. Your passion for horses and your vocation as writer are well matched--best of eveything to you!~Karla
kjkeller <kjkeller@earthlink.net>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 19:45:46 (EST)
Laura, I so enjoyed (voraciously) devouring your book. I appreciate your research and total dedication to this project. Now I want to see some actual newsreel footage of the races - is it possible, and where?
Clare Mansell <cman913951@aol.com>
Roswell, GA USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 19:03:47 (EST)
Dear Laura, About 6 months ago my wife & I were encouraged by some of our friends to take a 4 day tour of horse farms in Kentucky. Since we knew little about the world of thoroughbreds we booked the trip. Then, my brother fave me SEABISCUIT. I could not put it down. I made a recent trip from Charlotte, NC to Peace River, Alberta, Canada and on the way there and back I absorbed every word in your magnificient book. How can you possibly remember such detail and then put it on paper. You must be a genius. I want to learn more during our trip about the handicapping procedures (which I don't understand) as well as CLAIMER races. I really look forward to our trip since reading your book. Several days ago I heard you on Public Radio talking about your bout with CFS. It's hard to believe that you can put such energy on paper while wrestling with this illness. Laura, you have a wonderful gift of writing which I hope you continue to share with folks like me. Regards, Don Warren
Don Warren <maryann.warren@juno.com>
Gastonia, NC USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 17:28:00 (EST)
Dear Ms Laura Hillenbrand, a friend of mine heard you on the radio, perhaps NPR, or in TV. She mentioned that you had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and overcame this illness. Please, would you be able to send me the name of your Dr. or any information that you have concerning that illness. I have it for the last seven years. I am most appreciative for your help, Sincerely Oro L. Garzon-Duhov, Ph. D.
Oro Lucy Garzon-Duhov, Ph.D <olgd@optonline.net>
Stamford, CT USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 15:18:56 (EST)
I don't really enjoy reading at all & I am a teacher! I own horses and ride, therefore your book was of interest. But, it turned out to be more than that!!! Wow - I didn't get any papers graded, but I was inspired on how you wrote the book, what I need to teach my students to look for in a good book, incredibly good aspects in writing and the personal value I gained, as all your admirers said, ditto - ditto Amazing! I can't wait to see the movie.
Loretta Benge <loretta@aub.com>
Weimar, CA USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 13:10:25 (EST)
I work with Connie Schein and I have just finished your book. (We've met) Excellent story and book. I am the facilitator at this Monday night's book club and would love to know what you are up to these days so I can tell the group since I haven't heard from you in a while. How is Borden? We'll have to talk soon.
Pat Lore <palkgl@aol.com>
Wash, dc USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 10:23:00 (EST)
Thank you. I aspire to write and read mostly fiction. I am drawn to "word crafters" like Proulx. Having just finshed your book I am very happy I listened to the critics and read "Seabiscuit". You are a wonderful story teller. Good luck with the movie.
gary arbeiter <gearbeiter@msn.com>
Sedona, Az USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 00:17:55 (EST)
Laura, I throughly enjoyed the interview you gave to Diane Rehm on PBS. Thank you for bringing this story together and for sharing it with us. Regarding the CFS, you might want to contact Caroline Myss, author of "Anatomy of the Spirit."
Ron Cook <ronkc7@gte.net>
Tulsa, OK USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 20:00:45 (EST)
Dear Ms. Laura Hildenbrand, I want to thank you for such extraordinary reading of your book “Sea Biscuit”. I found the book to be one that caught my interest in the history of horse racing. My previous knowledge of horses and there abilities where very limited. After the first few chapters, I felt that this story should be made into a movie. I was delighted to read that you are on assignment to consult your services to this production. Your writing held my attention that this was one of those few books that I could not put down. I would be interested in your ideas in the filming of this movie. You have the gift of creating a story that allows the reader to enter into the lives of the characters and feel their emotions. Sincerely, Joseph W. Zahra
Joseph W. Zahra <computeredworld@aol.com>
Hampton Bays, NY USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 16:25:23 (EST)
Wonderful book Laura! It's in that rare category of reading that kept me up until 3AM this morning and which I picked up again as soon as I had my first cup of coffee this morning. How about getting someone to assemble & edit the newsreel footage of Seabiscuit and War Admiral onto a DVD and I'll bet you'll sell a copy to everyone who bought your book. Just what you need, another project! Wishing you the best and am envisioning your recovery from CFS. Best wishes to you.
Joachim Klehe <jklehe@swbell.net>
San Antonio, TX USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 15:09:56 (EST)
Laura-My mom is currently reading your book and I'm next on the list because of her enjoyment and excitement that she is currently sharing with me! She has a personal interest in your book because she was very close to Neville Dunn,for whom S. Howard Charles signed a drawing of a head shot of Seabiscuit. She just had the drawing framed as your book came out, thus the increased interest!!! She just wanted to pass this on to you. Thanks for the wonderful book as we love our horses here in Kentucky! -Amy
Amy A. May <Amay3812@aol.com>
Lexington, ky USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 11:30:49 (EST)
Laura, I read your book several months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Your writing style is fascinating. Congratulations on your huge success!! Then a few weeks ago I picked up a magazine in the waiting area of a carwash in Butte, MT and read the story of your malady. I worked for your stepmother for almost 5 years and had just heard her version of your horrifying disease -- quite a different story than yours. I know your forthrightness will help others. Thank you for your honesty in both your book and your personal health history.
Sandy Strother <bosssand@aol.com>
Wise River, MT USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 09:40:54 (EST)
Thanks for such a great book! I have loved horses all my life and used to own one when I was a young girl. I have been following horse racing since the late '70's and find it thrilling. Your book gave me a lot of insight and information about the racing world. I had no idea what jockeys went through. Some of that was so horrifying to me and I truly hope that things are better for them today. Thanks to your book, Seabiscuit has entered the ranks of my top 3 favorites, Man 'O' War, Secretariat and now the Biscuit. Just as Smith and Howard said, there will never be another horse like him. Thanks again for a terrific story. I can't wait for the movie!
Cary Harper <lawyer2@ameritech.net>
Evanston, IL USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 19:13:56 (EST)
Thank you, for YOU.
Paul <paul.o@prodigy.net>
Grapevine, TX USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 14:49:19 (EST)
Laura, Thanks for the wonderful book and for coming out about Chronic Fatigue. I was diagnosed in 1985 after a year of trying to convince doctors that I wasn't depressed, wasn't alcoholic, and wasn't homosexual (HIV). The first ten years were the hardest. I'm grateful to have the energy to read and glad you've found the energy to write. FYI, Dr. Jon Kaiser in San Francisco knows a lot about CFIDS, although, as you know, there doesn't seem to be an effective treatment as yet. Steve
Steve <citydogs@hotmail.com>
San Francisco, USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 13:25:34 (EST)
As a person who was blessed to have owned two horses (Saddlebreds), I want you to know how much I was moved by the story of this incredible horse and the people who nurtured his genius. Thank you for the best read I've had in many years and I eagerly await the movie. Please don't let them "Hollywoodize" the Biscuit! Can you recommend a good book about "Big Red" (Secretariet). I count myself fortunate to have seen him race (KD). Good luck and good health to you in the future.
Judi Obrig <jobrig@juno.com>
Columbus, OH USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 12:23:24 (EST)
I know virtually nothing about horseracing but your book so appealed to me that I bought it - what a wonderful story! I grew to love this little horse, and as I read his story I felt the heartache and the pride experienced by his "team" and Seabiscuit himself! Thank you for making us aware of this historical legend!
Loni LePage <dave-loni@shaw.ca>
Vernon, BC Canada - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 11:16:48 (EST)
I just read the book and it was great. The story about a once in a lifetime horse and the people whose life it changed was well written and always entertaining. I would like to if possible send my book jacket to you or to someone who can forward it to you so you could autograph it for me. If this is possible please e-mail with details Thank you and i look forward to the movie. JOE ENGWER joee@rainmakerthinking.com
joe engwer <joee@rainmakerthinking.com>
new haven, ct USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 10:39:38 (EST)
Dear Laura, I loved your book and I know many others who did as well, including my riding instructor and my later father, for completely different reasons! What a pleasant surprise to be listening to NPR yesterday morning while baking Thanksgiving Day bread and find your interview with Diane Rehm. I tried calling in repeatedly but was obviously just one of many who wanted to talk to you. I wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and express my sincere hope that they will find a cure to your illness so that you may write your next great book and do all the things you love, including riding horses. By the way, my brother, Monty Brown, says he knows your fiance. All the best, Rebecca
Rebecca Brown Thompson <rebeccatbrown@hotmail.com>
Vienna, VA USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:16:02 (EST)
Laura - I am the man who sponsors the William Hill Sportsbook of the Year award for which your book has been deservedly short-listed. I should like to congratulate you and request that you mention this fact on your site.I also wish you every success when the result is announced on Monday and hope to be able to talk to you then.Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director, William Hill.
Graham Sharpe <gsharpe@williamhill.co.uk>
London, England - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 06:37:12 (EST)
Laura, your book was phenomenal. As a former groom, I appreciated the way you enlightened readers unfamiliar with the history of the "backside" of a track. Truth is always more interesting than fiction - Jay Fox
Jay Fox <megliman@aol.com>
Cherry Hill, NJ USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 21:54:34 (EST)
Your book is terrific. Our bookclub is reading it, we're looking forward to the movie. Can you tell us how the weight postings ("handicap") system works? On page 304 for example Seabiscuit was assigned 130 points, higher than for any other horse. How does the jockey's weight fit into this? Again, thanks for a wonderful story.
Frank and Pat Brown <frankb63@aol.com>
Bethesda, MD USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 19:22:58 (EST)
Thank you for a beautifully written great story. I was actually sorry to have finished the book. Today, while vanning horses to a foxhunt I heard that a rebroadcast of your NPR interview was going to be aired at 10 a.m.--so I hung around the meet until 10, so that I would have a chance to hear the interview while driving slowly back to the barn. Most interesting. I was sent the book as a "must read" by a very prominent fellow foxhunter. Since then it has been loaned out at least four times--and has now gone to England. Thank you for a wonderful book.
Ann <erricker@infi.net>
Warrenton, VA USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 17:22:17 (EST)
Dear Ms. Hillenbrand, I was thrilled to be able to listen to your interview on the Diane Rhem Show today. I had no idea that Seabiscuit had such a storied life. I did know about the match race with War Admiral at Pimilco Race Track in 1938 because my dad got to see the race. He was a freshman at Towson State Teachers College (now Towson University) and went with a group of friends to watch the race. They were unable to enter the track, but they were able to gain admission to a home on Rodgers Ave. and watched the historic race from the roof of the house. My dad is 81 now and he still recalls the excitement of that day. Thank you for your efforts in compiling the story of Seabiscuit. My dad will find a copy of your book under his tree this Christmas.
John Dawson <jjd712@toadmail.com>
Severna Park, MD USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 16:59:30 (EST)
Today- nov.22- I happened to hear your interview on npr- I was so touched by the story and your brave attitude - myself I have MS and I have owned 5 horses - the oldest -grand lade of them all - died last year nov.19- she was a mixof engllish thouroughbred and a finnish horse- a legend in her way as I am a writer and crawled under her skin to teach children and young people all about horses - she had a filly- who now is mother of two fillies- herself 27 -her daughters 17 and 15 - and her fullbrother 20 has been a policehorse- - TODAY I enetered my kitchen in the afternoon to catch your program which we get through opur public channel- bewithched I listened to it - I had just come from helsinki our capital city - where my misty is now admired on the subway entrance wall in three huge photos- till jan.2.02 she will be there- this was a coincidens´ce of course that you happened to be on dinae rehm just today- but you did make this day even more special and I wish you many better days healthwise- - if this mail accepts an attachment -i let you see misty at the tender age of five visiting her stallion-in l973 and the other picture taken after her death when her horsefamily had greeted her for the last time and her cat friend came to bid farewell- thanks you for your book- I try to purchase it soonest possible- with love and admiration uma
uma aaltonen <uma.aaltonen@kolumbus.fi>
paksalo, finland - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 13:48:23 (EST)
i have not read you book. I will. Seabiscuit was not physically impressive, but neither was Thre Bars, the first horse inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame. I own and love and ride and hug and brush and a grandson of Three Bars. Being connected to a horse is a unique experience. Sometimes I think that the more I get to know people, the more I love my horse. Have you read Beryl Markam's "West with the Night". In it she has a captivating chapter on her time training horses, specifically one that was not a prime candidate to win a race, but nonetheless did. You have a wonderful spirit and it comes through loud and clear in your voice. And I know I will find that same exhilerating energy in your book. Pax vobiscum. John
John J. Viktora <viktora@flagstaff.com>
Flagstaff, Az USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 13:25:03 (EST)
Hello Laura, Just heard your talk with Diane on NPR. I found both your story and Seabiscuits to be inspiring. I encourage you to keep up your fine work. Best wishes and good health to you! Sincerely, Matt Faulkner
matt faulkner <matfaulk@aol.com>
mi USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 13:18:23 (EST)
Laura, I really enjoyed your interview with Diane Rheam and look forward to reading the book. I'm a writer, too--have been for 40+ years--and am about to finish a novel. I rarely write notes like this, but your illness has touched me. What a pity for someone so talented to have such a terrible affliction... Laura, my wife has operated an art gallery here for 28 years and thus knows many people. One of them is an artist who had problems similar to yours. She has been helped enormously by a doctor who also has helped keep me alive and is helping my wife. He is a molecular biologist, a nutritionist, and an Ayurvedic physician in Nw York City. As you may know, Ayurvedic medicine is not widely practiced here. It is ancient and comes from around India. Unlike current medical practices, it does not merely treat one's symptoms, but instead remedies the root causes of the disease or problem. I realize that in your condition visiting him in New York City will be extremely difficult, but I hope that with help it may be possible. He is Dr. Albrecht Heyer, and his phone number is 212-551-1101. Because he also teaches and travels it usually is necessary to leave a message for him. If you want to know more about him, please email my wife, virginiamiller@hotmail.com. I truly hope that you will be fully cured soon, and that we will see many more of your books like this jewel. Sincerely yours, Bill DuPriest
Bill DuPriest <bdupriest@hotmail.com>
Coral Gables, FL USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 11:27:02 (EST)
I enjoyed the re-broadcast of your interview on the Diane Rehm Show today. I have a couple of friends with CFS, so I have some idea what you deal with daily, and my heart goes out to you in your struggle with a poorly understood and much-ignored malady. I do hope our culture can develop a more enlightened approach to CFS, for your sake and for the millions of other victims worldwide. I admire your ability to remain productive in the face of daunting obstacles, and I wish you the best of luck in the future.
Mike Robinson <sda@iglou.com>
Louisville, KY USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 11:17:28 (EST)
Dear Laura, I was just listening to your show with Diane Rheme this Thanksgiving. I heard your show the first time a year or two ago and I was prompted to buy your book. Thank you for writing a wonderful book. I knew nothing about horseracing and feel more the educated for it because of your book. I only wish my grandparents were alive as they enjoyed going to the races and would have known about Seabiscuit. I look forward to the movie. I wish you well. Alexandra Fotos prior to reading your book and now have a new outlook on racing. I only wish my grandparents were alive because they enjoyed the races and would have known about Seabiscuit. Good luck to you. Alexandra Fotos
Alexandra Fotos <alexfotos@toadmail.com>
Annapolis, MD USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 11:06:57 (EST)

 
   


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