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    DescriptionSeabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.


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    Title
    Seabiscuit
    Subtitle
    An American Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laura Hillenbrand
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 726 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375502910
    ISBN 10: 0375502912
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 760
    DC21: 798.4
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WSNB
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14400
    DC22: 798.4
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A09406024
    BISAC V2.8: SPO021000, BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: SF355.S4 H55 2001
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    BIC subject category V2: WSBX
    Thema V1.0: NHK, SCX, SKG
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Illustrations note
    CHAPTER-OPENING PHOTOS
    Publisher
    Random House Trade
    Imprint name
    Random House Trade
    Publication date
    06 March 2001
    Author Information
    Laura Hillenbrand has been writing about Thoroughbred racing since 1988 and has been a contributing writer/editor for Equus magazine since 1989. Her work has also appeared in American Heritage, ABC Sports Online, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf and Sport Digest and many other publications. Her 1998 American Heritage article on Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing, the highest award for Thoroughbred racing. She is currently serving as a consultant on a Universal Studios movie based on this book. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Laura lives in Washington, D.C.
    Review quote
    “Fascinating . . . Vivid . . . A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well.” –The New York Times “Engrossing . . . Fast-moving . . . More than just a horse’s tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating. . . . [Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider.” –Sports Illustrated “REMARKABLE . . . MEMORABLE . . . JUST AS COMPELLING TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1938.” –The Washington Post From the Trade Paperback edition.