Books: Horse Power

A herd of horse books gallops after Seabiscuit

Books about horses have a funny way of turning out to be about humans. Oh, the horses are in there, all right, but they are unknowable observers--they watch the action around them with their long, silent faces, seeming a little bemused by all the high jinks they inspire. Last year's best seller Seabiscuit (out in paperback this week) was an unforgettable read, but the horse was the least interesting thing about it. The fun is in the human menagerie that collects around a top racehorse.

Like its namesake, Seabiscuit has been a prolific sire: its success has bred a Seattle Slew...

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