September 11 book giveaway: Unmeasured Strength
For day two in Read Street's September 11 book giveaway, I'm offering "Unmeasured Strength," a memoir by Lauren Manning, one of the survivors of the World Trade Center collapse. Manning, a partner in the Cantor Fitzgerald financial services firm, was headed to her office on the 105th floor when terrorists slammed a jetliner into the twin towers, and she writes of her fight for survival.
Manning's compelling tale has been told on Oprah and in the New York Times. Here's an excerpt from her book: "As I veer left toward my elevators, I suddenly feel an incredible sense of otherworldliness. It's an odd, tremendous, quaking feeling, and everything . . . moves. The entire 110-story tower is trembling.
"Then I hear a huge, whistling rush of air, an incredibly loud sound: shshooooooooooooo. My adversary is racing toward me, howling in fury at its containment as it plummets to meet me from above the 90th floor.
"This is the moment and place of our introduction.
"With an enormous, screeching exhalation, the fire explodes from the elevator banks into the lobby and engulfs me, its tentacles of flame hungrily latching on. An immense weight pushes down on me, and I can barely breathe. I am whipped around. Looking to my right toward where the two women were talking, I see people lying on the floor covered in flames, burning alive.
"Like them, I am on fire."
For a chance to win a copy of "Unmeasured Strength," leave a comment with an answer to this question: What was the most chilling image of 9-11? The twisted steel after the World Trade Center collapsed, bodies falling from the skyscrapers, pedestrians caked in dust, or something else?