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Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
In 1938, Seabiscuit was the biggest newsmaker of the year. The story of the horse that shouldn't have been able to win and then won it all, captured the hearts and minds of the country. In Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand brings to life this fascinating story, not just of this magnificent horse, but the three men involved with him. Tom Smith, who used to break wild horses, was the horse trainer who convinced millionaire Charles Howard to buy Seasbiscuit at a bargain price. Together with Red Pollard, their partially blind jockey, they turned an ungainly horse with an indolent attitude into a winner atop the world of horse racing. Laura Hillenbrand's account captures the heart of soul of the story of an underdog overcoming all obstacles and has received stellar reviews. The New York Times says of Seabiscuit, "It remains a first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but with a fascinating slice of American history as well."