Seabiscuit - Great Movie, Greater Story!

February 15, 2013

Do you remember the 2003 movie, Seabiscuit? It starred Toby McGuire as the real life jockey Red Pollard, Jeff Bridges as Charles Howard (the man who owned the champion racehorse), and Chris Cooper as the enigmatic trainer, Tom Smith. I loved the movie. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards. But as with most book-to-film adaptations, only so much of the real story could be crammed into the two-hour film.

Laura Hillenbrand’s book, Seabiscuit: An American Legend, tells so much more of this incredible story. If you liked the movie, you’ve just got to check it out. Follow Seabiscuit from his days as a crooked-legged colt, through years of bad training and mishandling. He finally meets an owner that sees the spark in his eyes and a trainer who understands him. You’ll learn Red Pollard’s story, a small boy given to a stable master's care because his family couldn’t afford to feed him. He survives the harrowing and dangerous world of horse jockeys to ride Seabiscuit to victory. These and many other fascinating characters come to life amidst Hillenbrand's vivid depiction of the Great Depression.

The Kearney Book Club read Seabiscuit: An American Legend a few years back and everyone loved it, even members like me who aren’t usually nonfiction fans. The story is so compelling and the author’s style so gripping that we couldn’t put the book down. Whether you’re a history fan, horse lover, or a biography nut, check out Hillenbrand’s wonderful book. If you’ve read and loved it already, take a look at her new book, Unbroken: A World War II story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption. And watch the movie again, too. Why not?

Laura M.
Kearney Branch


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