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Seabiscuit: An American Legendby Laura Hillenbrand
Synopses & Reviews
Occasionally a sporting hero comes along and takes a nation by storm, breaking records and physically achieving the seemingly impossible. Olympic athletes winning gold medals can bring out feverish national pride, a sporting representation of Us against the world. But when the Olympics shut up shop until the next four year celebration, or when the baseball or hockey season ends, the general public resumes worrying about paying the rent, bringing up families and wondering what's on TV tonight. So it is remarkable to think that in the years between 1936 to 1947 it was a racehorse called Seabiscuit who obsessed the country. Seabiscuit was a runt of a racehorse, with crooked legs and a predisposition for indolence, but by 1938 Seabiscuit was making more news headlines than Hitler, Mussolini, or FDR.
It was the determination and personal sacrifice of three men — the ex-auto baron owner, the Walt Whitman quoting trainer, and the jockey who was blind in one eye — who saw the potential in this unlikely national treasure. Author Laura Hillenbrand has researched and brilliantly retold this rags-to-riches story set during a time of war, depression, and uncertainty. Not only does she present fully fleshed out character studies, she examines in compelling detail the economic and social context that created this national craving for such a hero. And she describes the horse races with a nail-biting urgency that will keep the reader flashing through the pages. Seabiscuit is more than sports writing, more than biography — Seabiscuit is a telling document about America's romance with the underdog. (An additional note: this trade paper edition would be great for book groups as it includes a bonus reader's guide.) Georgie, Powells.com
andquot;A rousing celebration of a moment in history when college football was more than metaphor and entertainment, it was a gritty sidebar to real war.andrdquo; andmdash; Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter Each year the Army and Navy football teams meet for one epic game. Across the nation, fans tune in to see who will emerge victorious. But no game will ever match the one that was played on December 2, 1944. America was in the midst of World War II: soldiers and sailors were dying around the globe, and the home front suffered through shortages. But for one day, all that was forgotten.
Navyandrsquo;s team was ranked number two, Armyandrsquo;s number one and on the verge of becoming national champions. Everywhere, the war stopped as soldiers listened to the broadcast. Randy Roberts has interviewed the surviving players and coaches, bringing their stories to life. For three years, military upperclassmen graduated and joined the fight. For three hours, their alma mater gave them back one unforgettable performance.
andldquo;The story of Armyandrsquo;s celebrated 1944 national championship team is a fascinating one, and its victory over Navy that year is remembered as one of college footballandrsquo;s greatest games. But Randy Robertsandrsquo;s A Team for America tells an even greater story. It is a story of our country. Of a time when college football andmdash; and this remarkable Army team andmdash; helped rekindle hope and confidence throughout the land.andrdquo; andmdash; Brigadier General Peter M. Dawkins, U.S. Army (Ret.), 1958 Heisman Trophy winner, West Point
andquot;Roberts brings a historianandrsquo;s thoroughness to the subject . . . A fascinating time in American collegiate sports history.andquot; andmdash; Kirkus Reviews
Hillenbrand's riveting about underdog racehorse Seabiscuit is now a major motion picture from Universal, starring Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper, Jeff Bridges, and William H. Macy. Directed by Gary Ross ("Pleasantville").
Including a decadeand#8217;s worth of interviews with surviving players and coaches, Randy Roberts describes how the resurgent Army football team captured the national championship from Navy in the midst of World War Two. One of the greatest stories in American sports history, A Team for America shows how two historic rivals built up their teams in trying times and inspired a nation at war.
In this "New York Times" bestseller now in paperback, Hillenbrand unfolds the spellbinding story of the racehorse Seabiscuit in a riveting tale of grit, grace, luck, and an underdog's stubborn determination. Photos throughout.
About the Author
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
and#160;1.and#160;A Week in Novemberand#8195;1
and#160;2.and#160;Where the Most Football Games Are Lostand#8195;20
and#160;3.and#160;A Few Good Boysand#8195;43
and#160;4.and#160;Lost Teeth and Lost Chancesand#8195;63
and#160;5.and#160;and#8220;God Gave Me Thatand#8221;and#8195;82
and#160;6.and#160;Making the Gradeand#8195;98
and#160;8.and#160;and#8220;Iand#8217;ve Just Seen Supermanand#8221;and#8195;127
and#160;11.and#160;Cause for Thanksgivingand#8195;198
and#160;12.and#160;A Game for Americaand#8195;216
After the 1944 Seasonand#8195;236
Notes and Abbreviationsand#8195;245
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