Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit Author Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN-10 0606290087
Year 2002
Pages 426
Language en
Publisher Turtleback Books
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The author retraces the journey of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, owner, and jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend.

Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit Author Laura Hillenbrand
ISBN-10 0345467396
Year 2003-07-01
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Ballantine Books
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Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller. BONUS: This edition contains a Seabiscuit discussion guide and an excerpt from Unbroken. Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit’s fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.

St Ignatius of Loyola

St  Ignatius of Loyola Author Peggy A. Sklar
ISBN-10 9780809166886
Year 2001
Pages 89
Language en
Publisher Paulist Press
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Chronicles the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, focusing on how each major event in his life influenced his decision to spend his life serving God.

Secretariat

Secretariat Author William Nack
ISBN-10 9780007410927
Year 2010-10-25
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins UK
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The remarkable true story of one of America’s finest racehorses.

Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse

Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse Author Meghan McCarthy
ISBN-10 1416933603
Year 2008-10-28
Pages 40
Language en
Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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It's Seabiscuit vs. War Admiral in the race of the century! Seabiscuit was the grandson of one of the greatest racehorses of all time, but he'd lost practically every race he'd ever run. Who would want a funny-looking racehorse on a losing streak? Enter Charles Howard -- automobile tycoon, risk taker, and racing aficionado -- who scooped up Seabiscuit for a bargain price. With the support and care of a clever new trainer and a loving jockey, 'Biscuit began winning bigger and bigger races. Then came the biggest race of all. As Seabiscuit prepared to face War Admiral, the top racehorse in the country, the entire nation was on the edge of its seat: Could Seabiscuit really beat the Triple Crown champion? This true story of hope and determination will inspire readers of all ages!

Her Finest Hour

Her Finest Hour Author Gabrielle McDonald-Rothwell
ISBN-10 9781445661650
Year 2017-04-15
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Amberley Publishing Limited
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The untold story of the female British secret agent forgotten by history.

Ruffian

Ruffian Author Jane Schwartz
ISBN-10 9780307416568
Year 2007-12-18
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Ballantine Books
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"A colorful story...Ruffian was nothing if not a heartbreaker. Her story, dramatically recounted by Jane Scwartz, epitomizes both the adrenaline-pumping glory and gut-wrenching ruthlessness inherent in the sport of horse racing." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD Here is the story f the exceptional filly, a horse so dominating, she was likened to legend. Beginning with her earliest days in Kentucky, the book follows Ruffian at every stage of her career and through the agony of her final hours--venturing behind the scenes of the racing world, and exploring the politics and personalities that came together to shape this exroardiinary filly's life. From the Paperback edition.

Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies Author Giles Whittell
ISBN-10 9780857201652
Year 2011-01-20
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The dramatic events behind the film Bridge of Spies. Bridge of Spies is a gripping, entertaining, hair-raising and comical story, which moves effortlessly from the hardware of high-flying planes and new missiles to the geopolitics of the nuclear stand-off and through the poignant personal stories of its central protagonists: Powers, the all-American hero, blacklisted for not having killed himself on his descent to earth; a KGB spy who has spent aimless and lonely years achieving nothing in the US; and the opposing leaders Khrushchev and Eisenhower, both trapped in a spiral of confrontation neither wants. Telling the true story that inspired Le Carré's famous scene, Bridge of Spies is a brilliant take on the absurdity and heroism of the Cold War days that will appeal to a new generation of readers unfamiliar with the history but drawn in by the compelling and vividly recreated narrative.

The Whole Five Feet

The Whole Five Feet Author Christopher Beha
ISBN-10 0802199909
Year 2010-05-11
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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In The Whole Five Feet, Christopher Beha turns to the great books for answers after undergoing a series of personal and family crises and learning that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics to educate herself during the Great Depression. The result is a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly illustrates how books can save one’s life” (Helen Schulman).

Seabiscuit the Rest of the Story

Seabiscuit  the Rest of the Story Author William H. Nichols
ISBN-10 9781602472983
Year 2007-06
Pages 182
Language en
Publisher Tate Publishing
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Did you ever wonder what became of the principle characters after the conclusion of the Seabiscuit book and movie? Seabiscuit, The Rest of the Story, by Bill Nichols, answers that question. It takes the reader on a journey through the rest of the lives of Red Pollard, Charles and Marcela Howard, War Admiral, Tom Smith, George Woolf and the legendary champion Seabiscuit. Additional chapters deal with the descendants of Seabiscuit, the movie, author Laura Hillenbrand, artists who portrayed Seabiscuit, jockeys and Ridgewood Ranch, home of the champion. The author is one of the few surviving people who had a personal connection with the great Seabiscuit and those who were responsible for his success. He worked at Ridgewood Ranch as a teenager. He and his wife of fifty-eight years, Lillian, are the parents of two, Bob and Kathy. The Nichols own and operate Mares' Nest, a well-known Thoroughbred breeding farm in northern California and they are co-breeders of Seabiscuit's most successful racing descendant, Sea Orbit. Bill is on the Board of Directors of The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation as well as The California Thoroughbred Breeder's Association. His book Seabiscuit, The Rest of the Story, has been described as a 'historically essential book.'

Who Was Seabiscuit

Who Was Seabiscuit Author James Buckley, Jr.
ISBN-10 9780399539770
Year 2015-10-20
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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In the middle of the worst depression in U.S. history, one young racehorse lifted a nation's spirits. Seabiscuit was born in 1933 on a farm in Kentucky. Though bred for racing, he was weak and undersized. He slept too long and ate too much. Against the odds, he began to win local races. He was given a new coach who trained him to race in larger circuits. Soon enough, this scrappy horse began beating the best racehorses in the country. He became a media darling and won national competitions. In 1938 he was voted U.S. Horse of the Year. Seabiscuit's undying spirit and come-from-behind story made him a celebrity and hero for millions.

The Perfect Horse

The Perfect Horse Author Elizabeth Letts
ISBN-10 9780345544810
Year 2016-08-23
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Ballantine Books
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, the remarkable story of the heroic rescue of priceless horses in the closing days of World War II In the chaotic last days of the war, a small troop of battle-weary American soldiers captures a German spy and makes an astonishing find—his briefcase is empty but for photos of beautiful white horses that have been stolen and kept on a secret farm behind enemy lines. Hitler has stockpiled the world’s finest purebreds in order to breed the perfect military machine—an equine master race. But with the starving Russian army closing in, the animals are in imminent danger of being slaughtered for food. With only hours to spare, one of the U.S. Army’s last great cavalrymen, Colonel Hank Reed, makes a bold decision—with General George Patton’s blessing—to mount a covert rescue operation. Racing against time, Reed’s small but determined force of soldiers, aided by several turncoat Germans, steals across enemy lines in a last-ditch effort to save the horses. Pulling together this multistranded story, Elizabeth Letts introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters: Alois Podhajsky, director of the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna, a former Olympic medalist who is forced to flee the bomb-ravaged Austrian capital with his entire stable in tow; Gustav Rau, Hitler’s imperious chief of horse breeding, a proponent of eugenics who dreams of genetically engineering the perfect warhorse for Germany; and Tom Stewart, a senator’s son who makes a daring moonlight ride on a white stallion to secure the farm’s surrender. A compelling account for animal lovers and World War II buffs alike, The Perfect Horse tells for the first time the full story of these events. Elizabeth Letts’s exhilarating tale of behind-enemy-lines adventure, courage, and sacrifice brings to life one of the most inspiring chapters in the annals of human valor. Praise for The Perfect Horse “Winningly readable . . . Letts captures both the personalities and the stakes of this daring mission with such a sharp ear for drama that the whole second half of the book reads like a WWII thriller dreamed up by Alan Furst or Len Deighton. . . . The right director could make a Hollywood classic out of this fairy tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “Letts, a lifelong equestrienne, eloquently brings together the many facets of this unlikely, poignant story underscoring the love and respect of man for horses.”—Kirkus Reviews “The Perfect Horse raises the narrative bar. Applying her skills as a researcher, storyteller and horsewoman, Letts provides context that makes this account spellbinding.”—Culturess “The Perfect Horse is an enthralling and moving story that I could not put down. This is a riveting and unique perspective on World War II.”—Molly Guptill Manning, author of When Books Went to War “Passionately told and dazzling in scope, The Perfect Horse charges headlong into an unforgettable tale of World War II, when good men were given a final mission—to save beloved horses—at an hour when no one wanted to die. In Elizabeth Letts, the saga of World War II’s white stallions has found its perfect guardian.”—Adam Makos, author of A Higher Call “Elizabeth Letts’s beautiful prose, woven together with meticulous research, takes you for a ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.”—Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless