After reading this one, all I can say is “wow!” Laura Hillenbrand, with her two books of non-fiction, has risen to the top of my all-time favorite authors.
In this work on the famed depression-era racehorse, Seabiscuit, Hillenbrand presents a story so captivating and remarkable that I found myself completely unable to put the book down. The author doesn’t just tell us about a horse or a race, but she clearly did a monumental amount of research to let her readers actually get to know this horse, the jockeys, the trainer and the owner. She truly has a gift for making certain that all relevant information is included – especially important background information to correctly place the events and people in context.
The result is a story that feels like your own story – one you immediately connect with. Through Hillenbrand’s narrative gifts, I got to know Red Pollard, Tom Smith and Charles Howard. I cried for the jockeys and my eyes were drawn to a little horse with a whole lot of heart. Seabiscuit’s story is remarkable and important – and thanks to Laura Hillenbrand, it won’t be forgotten.
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2001