no 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the creator of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken comes a common underdog story concerning the horse who got here out of nowhere to turn into a legend.
Seabiscuit was once one of the electrifying and common sights in sports activities historical past and the one largest newsmaker on the earth in 1938, receiving extra protection than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. However his good fortune was once a wonder to the racing status quo, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sorrowful tail. 3 males modified Seabiscuit’s fortunes:
Charles Howard was once a onetime bicycle repairman who offered the car to the western United States and become an in a single day millionaire. While he wanted a instructor for his new racehorses, he employed Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith instructed Howard to shop for Seabiscuit for a discount-basement worth, then employed as his jockey Purple Pollard, a failed boxer who was once blind in a single eye, part-crippled, and vulnerable to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over 4 years, those not going companions survived a ravishing run of unhealthy fortune, conspiracy, and serious harm to develop into Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent additionally-bumped into an American sports activities icon.
Praise for Seabiscuit
“Attention-grabbing . . . Shiny . . . A main piece of storytelling, leaving us now not most effective with a Shiny portrait of a horse However an interesting slice of American historical past as smartly.”—The New York Times
“Engrossing . . . Rapid-transferring . . . Greater than only a horse’s story, for the reason that people who owned, skilled, and rode Seabiscuit are similarly Attention-grabbing. . . . [Laura Hillenbrand] presentations an bizarre ability for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels just like the rider.”—Sports Illustrated
“REMARKABLE . . . MEMORABLE . . . JUST AS COMPELLING TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1938.”—The Washington Post