Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Summary: This book takes a look at the life of Seabiscuit, one of the legendary race horses of all time. This book is non-fiction but feels and reads like an extremely well written novel. Hillenbrand goes through the life of Seabiscuit and his career as a racehorse. Not only does the biography of Seabiscuit tell the story of Seabiscuit, but it also tells the story of the jockeys and owners. From the training of Seabiscuit to the low-tier races, and from the low-tier races to the high stakes championship races, the biography is action-packed and incredibly heartwarming.
Why I Started Reading: Biographies narrated as stories appeal to me, so when I saw this book, I picked it up and decided to start reading. Even though this book is fact-heavy, the story never stops moving forward, and the reader is always looking forward to the next story about Seabiscuit or the trainers/owners. Consider this as a biography of one of history’s most famous sports “players”.
Why I Kept Reading: The narration is exquisite and the description of each race is so thrilling that you could hear the crowd thundering and cheering at each race. The details and facts are accurate and well researched, all adding to the flow of the story. Although I have never raced horses or attended a horse race, this book explained the details of each race clearly such that I was able to envision every single detail. In addition, one thing that makes this book great is that it doesn’t only focus on Seabiscuit, but also tells the stories of Seabiscuit’s jockeys as well, and delves into the precarious life of a jockey.
Six Word Recap: Biography of Legendary Race Horse Seabiscuit.