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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805094636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805094633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unmeasured Strength is a gripping tale of [Lauren Manning’s] long fight back from a devastating injury that easily could have killed her… She has valuable lessons to impart about the personal challenges of overcoming physical and emotional adversity."—The Wall Street Journal

"Intense, humbling, Manning’s story is, above all, amazing."—Parade

"With the steadfast love of her husband, Greg… and her own unwavering focus, Manning’s inspiring memoir records an extraordinary path of resilience and willpower."—Vogue

"You are brave and courageous and a hero to all of us."--Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator from New York, 2001

"Your essence defines what it means to be survivor."—Oprah

"This is a very inspiring book."—Barbara Walters, The View

"I have found my new hero. Her name is Lauren Manning…Her determination is awe inspiring. She is the most remarkable woman I think I’ve ever met."—Katie Couric

"One of the most extraordinary books I've read in a long time. I recommend everyone to go and read this, because it's a tale of inspiration and courage."—Piers Morgan, CNN

"It’s a powerful book … There are so many 9/11 remembrances and so many 9/11 stories as we commemorate, celebrate, this tenth anniversary, but this one is the one that everybody’s talking about."—Tavis Smiley, PBS

"Unmeasured Strength is an extraordinary book. It is heartbreaking and shocking, compassionate and uplifting. It is a testament to determination and to love. Manning shows that life has things worth fighting for, if you have the clarity to see them and to fight unwaveringly until the end."—BookReporter.com

"[An] uplifting story of courage, love and compassion… With honesty and simplicity, Manning details her miraculous escapes first from the crippled North Tower; then from limb amputation; and then from death, which stalked her relentlessly for three months. … Ten years later, her life has returned to ‘normality’ thanks to the unstinting love shown her by family, friends and strangers."—Kirkus

"Your message of hard work and faith would resonate in the day to day difficulties that we all face … Lauren, your grace and courage are an inspiration."—Marla Lerner Tanenbaum Principal Owner, Washington Nationals Chairperson, Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

"Unmeasured Strength is both an enduring story about the resilience of character and an ode to the human determination to defeat evil. Lauren Manning did what the mighty Greek Sisyphus could never do: push the boulder to the top of the hill and never let it roll down. She has written a brilliantly vivid, wholly empowering tour de force that makes the impossible seem possible; her inspiring example just may teach us how to reverse our fates."—Lucinda Franks, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of My Father's Secret War

"An extraordinary story of the spirit’s triumph over pain and the body’s will to stay in this world despite being literally burned alive in the fires of the Twin Towers…This is a message of hope that we can all be grateful to share."—Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

 

About the Author

Lauren Manning is a former managing director and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. Her story of surviving the 9/11 attacks has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's Today Show, and many other media outlets around the world; CNN recently chose her as one of the most intriguing newsmakers of the past twenty-five years. The recipient of many honors and awards, she lives in New York City with her husband, Greg, and their two sons, Tyler and Jagger.


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Customer Reviews

Great reading and a very inspirational book.
Sunshine
"UNMEASURED STRENGTH is an extraordinary book. It is heartbreaking and shocking, compassionate and uplifting. It is a testament to determination and to love."
Bookreporter
Thank you Lauren for sharing your story with us, you are truly a beautiful person inside and out.
D. Germain

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One of the more heartbreaking memories of 9/11 was seeing Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, being interviewed by Connie Chung on ABC News. Lutnick, whose brother was among the missing (and later deceased), broke down repeatedly as he talked about the massive losses his company suffered during the attacks. Not in dollars, but in people.

"UNMEASURED STRENGTH is an extraordinary book. It is heartbreaking and shocking, compassionate and uplifting. It is a testament to determination and to love."
Cantor Fitzgerald was a financial services firm located on floors 101-105 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Bond brokering and trading worldwide was their forte. When Islamic terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the building, it ripped through the floors occupied by the company. As a result, 658 people perished, crippling a company just 1,000 people strong.

That Tuesday morning, under a beautiful blue sky, Lauren Manning, a partner with Cantor Fitzgerald, exited her taxi and entered the lobby of Tower One. It was 8:46 AM, and as she approached the elevator banks, the building shuddered and swayed. Seconds later, Manning was engulfed by flames that blew out of the elevators, fed by 10,000 gallons of fuel. In horrifying agony as she burned, she struggled to fight her way back out of the building and to roll on the small grassy patch of land beneath the damaged Tower. Extinguishing herself with the aid of a complete stranger, Manning prepared to give up and let her life end. The wrinkle in that plan, the one light that urged her onward, was her son, Tyler, not yet one year old.

In the pages of UNMEASURED STRENGTH, Manning reveals the depths to which she had to mine in order to keep going day after day.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Germain on September 4, 2011
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I've followed Lauren Manning since learning of her terrible ordeal days after 9/11. After reading her story in the book by her husband Greg, I've followed her life and recovery through the occasional media story. To have now read about her ordeal from her own perspective was a true gift from her to the reader. It's hard to imagine anyone going through what she endured to emerge with such a positive outlook on life. The story is so gripping, I literally could not put the book down. Thank you Lauren for sharing your story with us, you are truly a beautiful person inside and out.
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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful By occasional shopper on September 3, 2011
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This book is well titled - truly the strength Lauren Manning displayed is amazing. Her story is one of courage and determination and reminds all of us we are stronger than we probably know. I was impressed with her love of life. I was moved by the dedication of her husband.

Lauren writes in her book that fashion is part of who she is. And it is obvious in her book. For me this was not only an irritating distraction, it smacked of elitism. She doesn't wear a black suit, she wears a black Armani suit. She doesn't wear scarfs, she wears Hermes scarfs. She doesn't wear four-inch heels, she wears four-inch Christian Louboutin heels.

At the close of her book Lauren has a long list of thank yous. And while I applaud her courage in demanding a transfer to a hospital with a burn unit, I find it disrespectful that she does not include the staff of St. Vincent's hospital in her thank yous. A number of times she shares her opinion that they didn't know what they were doing or that time was lost being there.But here's the thing - it's entirely possible had she been taken elsewhere she may not have survived at all. The failure to say thank you to the staff that was doing the best they could in the crisis was bothersome.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
One of the more heartbreaking memories of 9/11 was seeing Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, being interviewed by Connie Chung on ABC News. Lutnick, whose brother was among the missing (and later deceased), broke down repeatedly as he talked about the massive losses his company suffered during the attacks. Not in dollars, but in people.

"UNMEASURED STRENGTH is an extraordinary book. It is heartbreaking and shocking, compassionate and uplifting. It is a testament to determination and to love."
Cantor Fitzgerald was a financial services firm located on floors 101-105 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Bond brokering and trading worldwide was their forte. When Islamic terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the building, it ripped through the floors occupied by the company. As a result, 658 people perished, crippling a company just 1,000 people strong.

That Tuesday morning, under a beautiful blue sky, Lauren Manning, a partner with Cantor Fitzgerald, exited her taxi and entered the lobby of Tower One. It was 8:46 AM, and as she approached the elevator banks, the building shuddered and swayed. Seconds later, Manning was engulfed by flames that blew out of the elevators, fed by 10,000 gallons of fuel. In horrifying agony as she burned, she struggled to fight her way back out of the building and to roll on the small grassy patch of land beneath the damaged Tower. Extinguishing herself with the aid of a complete stranger, Manning prepared to give up and let her life end. The wrinkle in that plan, the one light that urged her onward, was her son, Tyler, not yet one year old.

In the pages of UNMEASURED STRENGTH, Manning reveals the depths to which she had to mine in order to keep going day after day.
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