Unmeasured Strength by Lauren Manning


7 Critic Reviews

A flawed but uplifting story of courage, love and compassion.


In this update to the 2011 New York Times Bestselling book, the reader will find:
• Timely new information about Manning's struggles within the healthcare system
• Additional details about the author's childhood
• And an emotional new essay from the author about her father, who died shortly after the book's publication

A survivor's awe-inspiring story of how she overcame tragedy and re-created herself as a wife, mother, and woman

She was a hardworking business woman, had a loving husband and an infant son, and a confidence born of intelligence and beauty. But on 9/11, good fortune was no match for catastrophe. When a wall of flame at the World Trade Center burned more than 80 percent of her body, Lauren Manning began a ten-year journey of survival and rebirth that tested her almost beyond human endurance.

Long before that infamous September day, Manning learned the importance of perseverance, relentless hard work, and a deep faith in oneself. So when the horrific moment of her near-death arrived, she possessed the strength and resilience to insist that she would not yield—not to the terrorists, not to the long odds, not to the bottomless pain and exhaustion. But as the difficult months and years went by, she came to understand that she had to do more than survive. She needed to undergo a complete transformation, one that would allow her to embrace her life and her loved ones in an entirely new way.

Fleeing the burning tower, Manning promised herself that she would see her son's face again. Courageous and inspiring, Unmeasured Strength tells the riveting story of her heroic effort to make that miracle—and so many others—possible.


About Lauren Manning

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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.
Published August 30, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 282 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Sep 25 2011
Weeks as Bestseller
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A flawed but uplifting story of courage, love and compassion.

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Reviewed by LAURA LANDRO on Aug 30 2011

"Unmeasured Strength" is a gripping tale of her long fight back from a devastating injury that easily could have killed her. Though her story has been told before...Ms. Manning's own account...goes beyond those tributes to her courage.

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Book Reporter

on Aug 19 2011

UNMEASURED STRENGTH is an extraordinary book. It is heartbreaking and shocking, compassionate and uplifting.

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The Roanoke Times

on Sep 11 2011

Manning is very effective in describing her pain — be prepared to wince and cringe in sympathy while reading this book.

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The Moderate Voice

Reviewed by JOE GANDELMAN on Jan 16 2012

If you’re facing big or small adversities it’s required reading...it’ll inspire you to reach down into your own gut, set some goals other might suggest are unrealistic and then — literally — never say “die.”

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Above average
on Jan 10 2012

She reminds the reader never to take for granted the gifts you have been given...

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Knox News

Reviewed by Donna Cruze on Sep 19 2011

It's not for sissies, folks. Her journey is incredibly powerful, her strength awe-inspiring.

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