Seabiscuit: An American Legend

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Seabiscuit An American Legend.jpg
The cover of the paperback version
Author Laura Hillenbrand
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Random House
Publication date
2001
Media type Various
Pages 416 (hardcover)
399 (softcover)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-375-50291-0 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-449-00561-3 (softcover)
OCLC 46369186
798.4/0092/9 21
LC Class SF355.S4 H56 2001b

Seabiscuit: An American Legend is a non-fiction book written by Laura Hillenbrand published in 2001 about the thoroughbred race horse, Seabiscuit. It won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was adapted as a feature film in 2003. It has also been published under the title: Seabiscuit - The True Story Of 3 Men & a Race Horse. The author has been praised for her ability to convey a sense of historical times.[1]

Reception[edit]

Seabiscuit: An American Legend enjoyed near universal acclaim, with most praise centering around the compelling nature of the story and expert storytelling of Hillenbrand, who had done much research. Praising her accounts of the races, the Sports Illustrated writer Ron Fimrite said, "She writes about the confusion, turbulence and artistry of a race with the same grasp of sound and movement that Whitney Balliett brings to jazz in his 'New Yorker' profiles [...] no mean accomplishment."[2] The Economist found "the research is meticulous, the writing elegant and concise, so that every page transports you back to the period,"[3] and Jim Squires of the New York Times likewise called her research "meticulous."[4] Newsweek noted that "what chiefly distinguishes this account is the straightforward pleasure Hillenbrand takes in the accomplishments of her heroes, two-footed and four-footed alike."[5] People magazine said that "Hillenbrand's jargon-free language makes the races--and the period--exhilarating."[6] More conservatively, Karen Valby with Entertainment Weekly found "Hillenbrand's account ... saddled by loosely connected anecdotes and confused scene-setting," finally giving the book a grade of a "B".[7] William Nack, the author of Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, stated: "You had clearly created a world, and you had done so with a distinctly lyrical feel and touch." [8]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review of Seabiscuit". Retrieved 2010-05-19. <-This is not a legitimate source of information. This opinion was offered by a student in a creative writing class.
  2. ^ Fimrite, Ron (March 05, 2001), "If looks were everything, this great champion would have been pulling a cart". Sports Illustrated. 94 (10):24
  3. ^ (February 24, 2001), "Three men and a pony," Economist. 358 (8210):87
  4. ^ Jim Squires (March 11, 2001), "Can Do!", New York Times :12
  5. ^ Jones, Malcolm (March 12, 2001), "Neck and Neck With Glory," Newsweek. 137 (11):73
  6. ^ Sanders, Erica (May 14, 2001), "Seabiscuit (Book Review)". People. 55 (19):54
  7. ^ Valby, Karen (March 16, 2001), "SEABISCUIT (Book Review)". Entertainment Weekly. (587):62
  8. ^ Seabiscuit: A Reader's Guide - A Conversation with Laura Hillenbrand

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