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Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Contributor(s): Hillenbrand, Laura (Author)

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ISBN: 0449005615     ISBN-13: 9780449005613
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2002
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Annotation: Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes:
Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.
Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

"From the Hardcover edition.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | History
- Sports & Recreation | Horse Racing
- History | United States - 20th Century
Dewey: 798.4
LCCN: 2002090323
Lexile Measure: 990(Not Available)
Series: Ballantine Reader's Circle
Physical Information: 0.94" H x 5.52" W x 8.14" (0.78 lbs) 448 pages
Themes:
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 68777
Reading Level: 7.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 21.0
 
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Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes:
Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.
Author Laura Hillenbrand brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story, one that proves life is a horse race.

"From the Hardcover edition."

 
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