Laura Hillenbrand

Laura Hillenbrand

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in Fairfax, Virginia, The United States
May 15, 1967




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Laura Hillenbrand (born 1967) is the author of the acclaimed Seabiscuit: An American Legend, a non-fiction account of the career of the great racehorse Seabiscuit, for which she won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2001. The book later became the basis of the 2003 movie Seabiscuit. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Equus magazine, American Heritage, The Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, The Backstretch, Turf and Sport Digest, and many other publications. Her 1998 American Heritage article on the horse Seabiscuit won the Eclipse Award for Magazine Writing.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Hillenbrand studied at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, but was forced to leave before graduation when she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome

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Unbroken: A World War II St...
4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 340,119 ratings — published 2010 — 74 editions
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Seabiscuit: An American Legend
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 91,096 ratings — published 1999 — 58 editions
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Seabiscuit: The Screenplay
4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 2003
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“His books were the closest thing he had to furniture and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend

“The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will come only when their tormentors suffer.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption



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