Books and More About Seabiscuit and War Admiral

 Peter V. Tamas is author of With Seabiscuit and War Admiral at The Race of the Century , published as an Apple iBook. 

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Books About Seabiscuit, Man o' War and War Admiral

If you want to read more about these horses, you should read these three books:

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand is an excellent book about horse racing and the times that Seabiscuit lived. It inspired the movie Seabiscuit. It is written for adults who like history and/or horse racing.   The audio version is also excellent.


Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning by Dorothy Ours is another excellent book about horse racing history. It is all about Sam Riddle and Man o’ War. It is also written for adults who like history and/or horse racing. Dorothy Ours worked at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame while she wrote this book.


The Most Glorious Crown by Marvin Drager and Ed McNamara is an excellent coffee table book about horse racing. It is THE Triple Crown book for Seabiscuit fans. The book includes descriptions and photos of other races run by each Triple Crown champion and so includes the Seabiscuit-War Admiral match race. Also included are excellent photographs of War Admiral and Seabiscuit that are not in Hillenbrand's book nor my ebook.

The most recent edition includes a chapter on American Pharoah, a chapter on horses that nearly won the Triple Crown and an excellent glossary.

Also includes a DVD from The History Channel entitled Win, Place, Show: The History of Horse Racing . No knowledge of the history of Thoroughbreds is assumed. Has a good but short description of the three foundation sires: the Byerley Turk, the Godolphin Arabian and the Darley Arabian.

(Note that while the original Thoroughbred foundation Sire was named after Captain Robert Byerley, it is sometimes argued that the correct spelling is Byerly because the second e was left out in the General Stud book... See the articles from Blood Horse On Herod and Matchem but not Eclipse and Byerly Back in Business   for more information on the Byerley Turk).


Additional Books

War Admiral: Man o’ War’s Greatest Son by Edward L. Bowen is for readers who are already knowledgeable about horse racing history. If you read the above mentioned books (or my ebook), then you will enjoy this book. Otherwise, the very interesting asides, comments and analogies will be wasted... and you may think you're wasting your time.


Seabiscuit: The Saga of a Great Champion by B. K. Beckwith, should not be anyone's first book on Seabiscuit. However, it was one of Laura Hillenbrand's favorite books when she was young. That will make many big fans of Seabiscuit want to read this book. This book is also an interesting vignette of the 1940s. The wording and hyperbole reminds us of the newsreels of the period. This was written while Seabiscuit was alive and has quotes from many people who worked with him. A must-read for students of Thoroughbred history (and for young readers who fell in love with Seabiscuit after reading the other books mentioned here ).


Masters of the Turf by Edward L. Bowen
A collection of short biographies by horse racing history export Edward Bowen. Has an excellent section on "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons. Bowen quotes one of his grandsons as saying: “I never saw him upset with anybody—unless they had put a bandage on incorrectly.”


A biography of "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons by Pulitzer Prize winning sports journalist Jimmy Breslin.



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