For more than a dozen years Laura Hillenbrand has been publishing articles about Thoroughbred racing. She is an editor and contributor to EQUUS magazine and her articles have appeared in American Heritage and many racing journals. In this runaway best-seller, she tells the remarkable story of the horse that became a national icon. Seabiscuit was a crooked little horse, built like a cinderblock, but there was something special about his attitude. In 1936, when a wealthy businessman, an aging trainer, and a destitute jockey focused their attention on Seabiscuit, they were astonished at the results. Despite heavy handicaps, Seabiscuit broke one track record after another. And despite the Great Depression, fans traveled hundreds of miles to see him. Hillenbrand colors Seabiscuit's rise to fame with vivid anecdotes from the volatile, often-bizarre world of horse racing. At times astounding, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Seabiscuit has been called "one of the best sports biographies in the history of the genre" by Sports Illustrated.
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"In 1938, FDR was warring against the Depression, and Hitler was spoiling for a war of his own, but the biggest story in America was a race horse named Seabiscuit. This painstakingly researched, brilliantly written history jolts the listener right back to the days when the Santa Anita Handicap had a purse of $100,000 and the average per capita income in America was $432. Hillenbrand shows how an undersized horse with knees that didn't straighten all the way came to carry the hopes of every underdog in a nation that was still nearly wall-to-wall underdogs. Campbell Scott never overplays a line, never misses a pause, never fails to punch an ending. This is a treat for the ear, an education for the mind, and a meal for the soul. B.H.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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