Hillenbrand is the author of the critically acclaimed Seabiscuit: An American Legend (2001), a non-fiction account of the great racehorse, which spent 42 weeks at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, in hardcover and paperback. Seabiscuit won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for non-fiction in 2001. The book inspired the movie Seabiscuit which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Hillenbrand’s second book, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (2010), a biography of Olympic runner and World II hero Louis Zamperini, has spent 129 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, 14 of them at #1.
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.
Hillenbrand is a co-founder, with Gary Sinese, of Operation International Children