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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Seabiscuit, one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history, is the story of how a racehorse captured the American imagination. Competing in the cruelest years of the Depression, the rags-to-riches horse emerged as an American cultural icon, drawing an immense and fanatical following, inspiring an avalanche of merchandising, and establishing himself as the single biggest newsmaker of 1938—receiving more coverage than Mussolini, FDR or Hitler.
Laura Hillenbrand beatifully and meticulously renders this breathtaking saga of one horse's journey from also-ran to national luminary. Seabiscuit: An American Legend is an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes, a classic story of three embattled individuals overcoming the odds in the Great Depression.
"Laura Hillenbrand knows racehorses, riders, and trainers. She knows our history. She knows how the two combine. Seabiscuit was a great horse, perhaps the best ever, running in one of the worst decades ever, the Great Depression, brining excitement and pleasure to millions of Americans when they needed those emotions desparately. This is more than a fine piece of writing about the sport of racing; it is also about history. I wish all sportswriters could write like this." —Stephen Ambrose