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    DescriptionThe true story of three men and their dreams for a racehorse -- Seabiscuit -- that symbolised a pivotal moment in American history, as the 20th-century's greatest nation found the courage to bet on itself to win against the odds. Now a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross and starring Toby Maguire and Jeff Daniels. In 1936 the habits of 19th-century America were finally consigned to history, just as Margaret Mitchell's "Gone with the Wind" was published. In their place, modern America was born. But what defined this new era? Nothing more than the story of Seabiscuit, a stunted colt with asymmetrical knees that had for two years been hacked around no-good race tracks leading to permanent leg damage. Yet by 1937 Seabiscuit could draw crowds of 60,000 and had more newspaper column inches devoted to him than Mussolini, Hitler or Roosevelt, his popularity peaking during his appearances at the Santa Anita Handicap. America had gone to the races for the first time since the Depression and fallen in love with a misshapen colt of great character. Now it wanted a winner. 'Seabiscuit' is also the story of three men: Tom Smith, a former Wild West showman was the trainer; Red Pollard, abandoned by his poverty-stricken family at a race track became the rider; and Charles Howard, a pioneer car manufacturer in San Francisco in the 1920s was the owner and financier. These three combined to create the legend of Seabiscuit and epitomise a dream for the emerging new America.


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    Title
    Seabiscuit
    Subtitle
    The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Laura Hillenbrand
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 341 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841150925
    ISBN 10: 1841150924
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    LC subject heading:
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJG
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    DC21: 798.400929
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.3
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO021000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJG
    Thema V1.0: DNX, SKG
    Illustrations note
    portraits
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    02 April 2002
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Laura Hillenbrand is a contributing writer/editor to 'Equus' magazine among many other journals. Her article on Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing; she served as a consultant on the Universal film of this book, released in 2003. She lives in Washington DC.
    Review quote
    'A rip-roaring narrative from a cobwebbed chapter of the Depression.' Sunday Times 'Hillenbrand tells the story of the triumphs and tribulations of her cast of misfits with flair and skill, relishing the larger than life characters who inhabited this forgotten demimonde.' Sunday Times 'Most readable!a wonderful tale.' Daily Mail 'This season's literary sensation.' Financial Times A classic tale.' Sunday Times' 'Great horse, great name, great story, very good book!this one could run and run' Observer