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And then came along Laura Hillenbrand!!! It is her writing that really makes this book special - That makes it about more than a horse or a race or a sport. She makes the people and places come alive on eac I've had this on my TBR for ages but never got to it but I'm so glad that I finally did! She makes the people and places come alive on each page. She kept me turning the page late into the night when I really should have gone to sleep. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good, solid writing and wants to be swept away by a fantastic story! Jan 14, Christie Bogle rated it it was amazing Shelves: history , non-fiction-pleasure-reading.

I know, it is stupid. I love animals, and horses in particular, way too much. However, this book was opened so powerfully, I don't know if I can blame my love of animals for my tears this time around. Very well written for pleasure reading and captures the fanfare that was really a part of this horse. I let my grandmother tell me the whole story of how the world was divided as much by the rivalries between fans of Seabiscuit and fa okay, so can I admit that I was weeping at the open of this book?

I let my grandmother tell me the whole story of how the world was divided as much by the rivalries between fans of Seabiscuit and fans of War Admiral. It was definately the biggest sport on radio at the time. What a nice thing to get to share with her before she passed on the following year!

Since I absolutely loved Unbroken , I decided to read LH's famous book after have watched the movie based on this book a long time ago.

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

The main characters, Charles Howard, Red Pollard and Tom Smith are entwined into Seabiscuit's career and the book shows how his life changed their own lives forever. Even if it's a non-fiction book, Hillenbrand knows how to give a true fictional character to the narrative itself, putting her own heart on it. I am looking forward for her third book which I hope will come pretty soon. View all 12 comments. Jul 27, Sharyl rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , nonfiction. This was a VERY interesting and engrossing read.

There's lots of information not just about horse racing, but also about the events and times of the 's. And Laura Hillenbrand describes the races so well that she had me on the edge of my seat. All the characters are described vividly, and I cared for all of them. An American Legend. I think the only reason I even know the horse's name is because of the movie they filmed a few years ago. I'm obviously not a horse-racing fan, right? I don't even remember why I grabbed this at a library book sale. A friend here on GR must have given it a good review.

But I am so glad I read this.

I've gotten much better about reading non-fiction over the past six months, but I was amazed at what a page-turner this was for me. I've been reading non-fiction before Seabiscuit. I've been reading non-fiction before bed, thinking that would be a good time to squeeze it in because I wouldn't have to worry too much about getting caught up in the story and staying up all night.

Bad move with this book. I was doing the "one more chapter" thing quite a bit. It was just a perfect mix of an underdog story and excellent writing. Hillenbrand has a gift for putting you right into the action. Not knowing if Seabiscuit was going to win or lose any given race, my stomach would knot up and I would start reading faster as he came out of the gates. I was worried about injuries. I was furious with jockeys whom I thought were cheating.

My heart pounded as Seabiscuit came down the home stretch and I read ahead to find out if he pulled it off this time. What the heck has happened to me?!? Where did the woman who thought "Non-fiction is boring" go? This horse and his team are truly all-American legends. It seems that we love underdog stories and Seabiscuit, owner Charles Howard, trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard were all underdogs at some point.

Reading about their struggles and triumphs and, yes, even failures, was inspiring. If they can pull off something like this, why can't you or I? I loved reading about Tom Smith's unending feud with the press. I worried over Pollard, the injury-prone, Shakespeare-quoting jockey. Seabiscuit's quirks amused me to no end--unless he was messing around with another horse as the finish line approached. Then I just wanted to yell at him, "Stop horsing around!

Just finish the race! I couldn't resist.

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Now that I've finished it, I've caught myself spouting off some random Seabiscuit trivia to my husband. The track looked muddy. It seemed relevant. There was more, but I'll keep my own quirks to myself.

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The whole match race thing with War Admiral had me a nervous wreck! I just watched the real race on YouTube and, wow! It gave me goosebumps! It was funny to see Seabiscuit's awkward stride after reading so much about it and to know about all the prep work and psychology that went into that race.

I just loved this book, and I can't say enough about it. So before I end up giving you a page-by-page summary and my reactions, just do us both a favor and go read it. I have seen, and loved, the movie based on this book several times, and as I tend to enjoy non-fiction reads during the summer, decided to dive in. I listened to the audiobook which is wonderfully narrated by George Newbern.

This is narrative non-fiction at its best. I loved everything about this story. The characters, both human and horse, are broken but not out. The pacing of the story is excellent, and there were moments that I was on tenterhooks waiting to see what would happen next. Given th I have seen, and loved, the movie based on this book several times, and as I tend to enjoy non-fiction reads during the summer, decided to dive in. Given that I already knew the outlines of the story and how it would end, that is some dang great writing. The book is so much better than the movie, in that it fleshes out the story of the characters, and captures a sense of place and time in America really well.

I even learned that The Biscuit and I have some things in common: we both like to eat and take long naps. The one thing I did miss out on with the audio, are the photos in the book. Well, Google to the rescue. And if you have yet to see it, go now and and watch the video of the matched race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral and see if you don't get choked up. I listened to this story on long walks, and found my pace picking up each time Seabiscuit was racing.

Even if you are not interested in horses, or horse racing, I would highly recommend this one. View all 5 comments.

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Nov 18, Bren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Horse lovers. Shelves: animals , fantastic-book-covers , historical , saw-movie-and-read-book , educational , read-and-reviewed , non-fiction. I love LOVE.. What a horse! He seemed almost human to me. We here in my family are huge Horse fans and Derby fans and even have had Kentucky Derby parties.

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