|Plot Summary of Seabiscuit: An American Legend|
|"As journalist Hillenbrand explains, the biggest newsmaker of 1938 was not Hitler, Mussolini, FDR, or Lou Gehrig, but a funny-walking, older male horse whom a team of unlikely characters -- automotive salesman and owner Charles Howard, dour but magical trainer Tom Smith, and jockey Red Pollard -- made into the fastest racer of his time. Nobody else had managed to get any kind of performance out of the horse, but this trio made him the darling of post-Depression and pre-war America. This surprise 2001 bestseller illuminates the entire world of horse racing, especially the awful working life of jockeys at that time, and was eventually made into a solid 2003 movie. Hillenbrand, who incidentally turned out this beautifully written and engrossing book while suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome -- take that, all you self-pitying and aspiring authors -- penned a winner."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Seabiscuit: An American Legend|
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Kind of animal:
- horse racing
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- sports figure
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- very athletic
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
The Americas (not US):
- Fancy Mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
- eccentric personalities
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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