Seabiscuit : An American Legend
by Laura Hillenbrand

Overview - Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion. For two years he floundered at the lowest level of racing, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. One was Tom Smith, an arthritic old mustang breaker. The second was Red Pollard, a half-blind jockey.  Read more...

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Seabiscuit was an unlikely champion. For two years he floundered at the lowest level of racing, before his dormant talent was discovered by three men. One was Tom Smith, an arthritic old mustang breaker. The second was Red Pollard, a half-blind jockey. The third was Charles Howard, a former bicycle repairman who made a fortune by introducing the automobile to the American West. Bought for a bargain-basement price by Howard and rehabilitated by Smith and Pollard, Seabiscuit overcame a phenomenal run of bad fortune to become one of the most spectacular, charismatic performers in the history of sports.

Laura Hillenbrand unfolds the spellbinding story of this marvelous animal in a riveting tale of grit, grace, luck, and an underdog's stubborn determination. "Seabiscuit" is an American classic.

  • ISBN-13: 9780449005613
  • ISBN-10: 0449005615
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: March 2002
  • Page Count: 448
  • Dimensions: 8.14 x 5.52 x 0.94 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.78 pounds

Series: Ballantine Reader's Circle

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Books > Sports & Recreation > History
Books > Sports & Recreation > Horse Racing
Books > History > United States - 20th Century

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This New York Times bestseller tells the unforgettable true story of the little horse that could: Seabiscuit, a thoroughbred with hopelessly crooked knees who was coached to championship status by trainer Tom Smith during the 1930s. Following the trail of this unlikely winner, journalist Hillenbrand reconstructs the events of Seabiscuit's career, bringing to vivid life figures like Charles Howard, the automobile tycoon who owned him, and Red Pollard, his jockey. Through their collective efforts, Seabiscuit began breaking records and stealing the national spotlight, beguiling countless Americans in a time when the country was down on its luck. Offering an inside look at the rigors of training and the competitiveness—among both thoroughbreds and men—that characterize the horse world, Hillenbrand has crafted a captivating historical narrative that captures the drama of racing, as well as the spirit of Depression-era America. A reading group guide is included in the book.

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