Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home
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Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home

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by Laura Ling, Lisa Ling
     
 

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On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chinese–North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and

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On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chinese–North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and "hostile acts," and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il's notoriously secretive Communist state. Kept totally apart, they endured months of interrogations and eventually a trial before North Korea's highest court. They were the first Americans ever to be sentenced to twelve years of hard labor in a prison camp in North Korea.

When news of the arrest reached Laura's sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get her sister released, one that led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House.

Somewhere Inside reveals for the first time Laura's gripping account of what really happened on the river, her treatment at the hands of North Korean guards, and the deprivations and rounds of harrowing interrogations she endured. She speaks movingly about the emotional toll inflicted on her by her incarceration, including the measures she took to protect her sources and her fears that she might never see her family again.

Lisa writes about her unrelenting efforts to secure Laura and Euna's release. Offering insights into the vast media campaign spearheaded on the women's behalf, Lisa also takes us deep into the drama involving people at the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Bill Richardson—intense discussions that entailed strategically balancing the agendas and good intentions of the various players. She also describes her role in the back-and-forth between North Korea's demands and the dramatic rescue by former President Bill Clinton.

Though they were thousands of miles apart while Laura was in captivity, the Ling sisters' relationship became a way for the reclusive North Korean government to send messages to the United States government, which helped lead to Laura and Euna's eventual release.

Told in the sisters' alternating voices, Somewhere Inside is a timely, inspiring, and page-turning tale of survival set against the canvas of international politics that goes beyond the headlines to reveal the impact on lives engulfed by forces beyond their control. But it is also a window into the unique bond these two sisters have always shared, a bond that sustained them throughout the most horrifying ordeal of their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062000675
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ling was vice president of Current TV's investigative journalism series Vanguard, and also served as an on-air correspondent for the show. Prior to joining Current in 2005, Laura worked as a series producer for Channel One News.

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Somewhere Inside 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Alison918 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that leaves a footprint on your heart. It is one of the most touching, if not, the most touching book I've ever read. Laura and Lisa have turned one of the most unimaginable situations into such an incredible read, that YOU WILL NOT be able to put down. This one is not to be missed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somewhere Inside was amazing. I loved the parallel stories between Lisa and Laura Ling. Not only did they tell their story but you also saw what it was like for their capators and people helping to get both Laura and Euna back safely. I highly recommend this book.
LuccaQ More than 1 year ago
Chilling details of Laura Ling's time in North Korea. I enjoy reading and watching anything that gives me a look into this isolated world. Laura gets a chance, through telling her own story, gets a chance to shed light on the desperate situation people of North Korea. The intention of her trip to the China-North Korea border region was to give a face and voice to the people fleeing their home-land everyday, and the horrors they often face afterwards.
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I loved this book, despite Laura's awful experience. She shows a very unique look into NK and perhaps an extremely valuable insight into their general mindset and the ways it manifests itself in individual people. No matter how deeply ingrained a philosophy or belief (all Americans are evil and want North Koreans to die and should be killed), spending time with people lets your own humanity seep through. She showed hers and slowly her captors did, too. We, as Americans, need to drastically and quickly reform our policies and treatment of NK, and perhaps take into account that they are human beings like us, despite the alarming extreme group mentality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happy she is home safe she should not have been over there i bet she wont do that again
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Angela Meadows More than 1 year ago
Captivating. I couldn't put this down. I even read it in line at the post office. A very inspiring book. I just love these girls and everyone who went to bat for them.