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

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 apprehended by fearsome North Korean soldiers and violently dragged through the forests along the China-North Korea border and across the Tumen River. They had been working on a television project about the human trafficking crisis that China and North Korea have been trying to cover up for years.

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On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague, Euna Lee were apprehended by fearsome North Korean soldiers and violently dragged through the forests along the China-North Korea border and across the Tumen River. They had been working on a television project about the human trafficking crisis that China and North Korea have been trying to cover up for years.

Shortly after, the battered and terrified women were brought before North Korea's Supreme Court and were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in notorious gulag-style camps. They were the first Americans ever tried before the court.

Forming half of the story of SOMEWHERE INSIDE, Laura provides a gripping account of struggle at the hands of the North Korean guards, as well as her cunning in being able to befriend some of the guards. For her meals in prison, Laura was given rice mixed with rocks before being subject to rounds of harrowing interrogations. Throughout her five months of imprisonment, Laura experienced the darkest moments of her life as she began to come to terms with the possibility that she might never see her family again.

After hearing of Laura's capture, Laura's sister, world-renowned journalist Lisa Ling, immediately thrust herself into private and public efforts to help secure Laura and Euna's release. She was unrelenting in her mission. Lisa recounts insider conversations with people in the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, and Governor Bill Richardson, among others. She also shares insights into the balancing of agendas and egos with which she had to juggle.

From opposite ends of the world, Laura and Lisa Ling became an unprecedented channel of communication between North Korea, one of the most oppressive regimes on the planet, and its archenemy, the United States. SOMEWHERE INSIDE is a story of survival, sisterhood and the ignition of a new relationship between two nations that have been at war for more than half a century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781602858756
Publisher:
Center Point Large Print
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
477
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ling serves as Vice President of Current TV’s investigative journalism series “Vanguard.” Before joining Current TV in 2005 she worked as a series producer for Channel One News, where she produced reports from over two-dozen countries. In early 2009 Laura and her colleague Euna Lee were detained by North Korean soldiers on the China/North Korea border and spent 140 days in a North Korean prison.

Lisa Ling is a journalist, host of National Geographic Explorer, reporter on Channel One News, and special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. Until 2002 she served as co-host of ABC’s The View.

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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.