The Horse God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse
“For anybody who loves horses, and for all of those who are thrilled by horse racing and the behind-the-scenes drama of the track, The Horse That God Built is must reading."
--Michael Korda, author of Horse People
Most of us know the legend of Secretariat, the tall, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honors runs long and rich: the only two-year-old ever to win Horse
This is a love story of sorts between a Great Horse and a Great Groom. Eddie Sweat respected and loved Secretariat so much that I'm sure he was a huge par ...more
This book, while it shares that passion (see the subtitle, World's Greatest Racehorse, which spurs the questions, Man O' War? Eclipse? ...more
Though a bit scattered and jerky at times in its narrative, Scanlan writes with such feeling that it's easy to forgive him for not being Laura Hi ...more
I really loved this book. It wasn't Seabiscuit by any means, but I learned a lot about Secretariat and his groom Eddie Sweat. You so rarely think about the grooms and their contribution to the sport, but they're so important. I thought this was a to ...more
Stories had been written about the owners, jockeys and the horse himself. Scanlan sets out to write another book about the great horse but instead gets another thought as he learns of all those involved with Secretariat. He instead decides to tell the story of the on ...more
Just one day later and I've completed a 180. This book, once I stopped having expectations of it being a tale of Secretariat and stopped being disappointed at it not being a tale of Secretariat, opened my eyes to the author's purpose o ...more
Eddie Sweat was Secretariat's groom from the time he began racing as a two-year-old until the day Big Red (the horse's nickname) was sent to the paddocks of Claiborne Farm as a stud-horse. Sweat lived and breathed, ate and slept that hors ...more
I once owned a horse when I was in high school, one whom I could only afford because he was gelded. He had Secretariat bloodlines, through Secretarial Queen, and reading this book just drove the point home how amazing horses are and how much I love them.
Secretariat is one of the greatest athletes of the past 100 years. Not jus ...more
The horse captivated me and the nation.
This book is interesting, and there are some parts that are fascinating. But it wanders at times, aimlessly talking about this and that and then this again. To the point I found myself skimming the text waiting ...more
I get what the author was trying to do with this book, shedding a light on the unheralded Eddie Sweat, Secretariat's groom. But the author seems to lose the narrative from time to time, especially when he spends one long chapter describing super fans of Secreta ...more
Horse racing doesn’t sit right with me. To me, the sport screams horse-as-machine; it goes fast when we jump in the saddle, goes faster still when we throttle toward the finish line, and suffers in silence as its health and well-being become dismissed as non-issues in the eyes of the consumer (owner, trainer, jockey, etc.). Shattered bone? Col ...more
This book has many strengths as well as some weakne ...more
Academic English 10
4 April 2013
“The Horse God Built” by Lawrence Scanlan tells the inspirational story of a young black men living in South Carolina who struggled keeping a job before finding the career that was made for him. Eddie “Shorty” Sweat, Secretariat’s groom, the only two-year-old ever to win horse of the year, the Triple Crown winner in 1973, and the only horse listed on ESPN’s top fifty competitor of the twentieth century; Eddie was an amazing buddy, defender ...more
That is not, in my opinion, what the book ended up being about. The book spent very little time talking about Secretariat, a ...more
Despite what came across to me as a little lacking in central focus, I learned much from this book about Secretariat and his camp, about the racing world, and a little more about the horse world in general.
I started out reading a book about Secretariat, albeit as promised, from a grooms eye view. Then the book seemed to become more about the groom, Eddie Sweat. Towards the end Scanlan shifted focus again to the plight of 'the backstretch,' those nearly migrant workers who receive little pay or ...more
Lawrence Scanlan is the author of six bestselling books, including Wild About Horses and Little Horse of Iron. He is the coauthor, with Ian Millar, of Riding High, and has written three books for younger readers: Big Ben, Horses Forever, and The Horse’s Shadow. Scanlan worked closely with Monty Roberts on his acclaimed book The Man Who Listens to Horses. Winner of three Canadi ...more