Soon, it will be the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Here is one woman's story.
Ms. Manning says she grew up a tomboy in a New Jersey suburb—her mother was a homemaker and her father a business executive and a former Marine who fought in Korea. By September 2001, Ms. Manning was well along in a Wall Street career and had been married to her second husband, Greg, for 18 months; Tyler was 10½ months old. But the young marriage was already under strain as the couple clashed over Greg's plans to leave a good job on Wall Street and return to a career in journalism. Coincidentally, Greg was scheduled to be at a breakfast event at the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center on the morning of 9/11 but skipped it to help a neighbor who had undergone a recent surgery.
As Ms. Manning recounts in "Unmeasured Strength," she has her own Good Samaritan that day when the planes hit. After she runs, in flames, out of the building lobby and throws herself on a patch of grass, a stranger covers her with his jacket to put out the fire. Agonizing minutes pass before he spots an ambulance and helps her inside. The ambulance takes her to St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan. Greg learns she is there and rushes to her side—soon proving himself the most steadfast of partners despite their earlier troubles.