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The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . A Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness
     

The World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . A Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness

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by Euna Lee, Lisa Dickey
 

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For the first time, Euna Lee—the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea—tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world.
 
On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North

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For the first time, Euna Lee—the young wife, mother, and film editor detained in North Korea—tells a harrowing, but ultimately inspiring, story of survival and faith in one of the most isolated parts of the world.
 
On March 17, 2009, Lee and her Current TV colleague Laura Ling were working on a documentary about the desperate lives of North Koreans fleeing their homeland for a chance at freedom when they were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers. For nearly five months they remained detained while friends and family in the United States were given little information about their status or conditions. For Lee, detention would prove especially harrowing. Imprisoned just 112 miles from where she was born and where her parents still live in Seoul, South Korea, she was branded as a betrayer of her Korean blood by her North Korean captors. After representing herself in her trial before North Korea’s highest court, she received a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in the country’s notorious prison camps, leading her to fear she might not ever see her husband and daughter again.

The World Is Bigger Now draws us deep into Euna Lee’s life before and after this experience: what led to her arrival in North Korea, her efforts to survive the agonizing months of detainment, and how she and her fellow captive, Ling, were finally released thanks to the efforts of many individuals, including Bill Clinton. Lee explains in unforgettable detail what it was like to lose, and then miraculously regain, life as she knew it.

The World Is Bigger Now is the story of faith and love and Euna Lee’s personal
conviction that God will sustain and protect us, even in our darkest hours.


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In this stunning first book, film editor Lee (for Current TV, the cable network cofounded by Al Gore) recounts the months she spent in a North Korean prison during the spring and summer of 2009. Lee and her coworker, Laura Ling, were arrested for entering North Korea from China while working on a documentary chronicling the dreadful privations faced by North Korean defectors once they reached China, conditions especially harsh for women, as many were sold into the sex trade or forced into marriage. Lee discusses in detail the time she and Ling spent in captivity, divulging the scare tactics employed by the guards, like all-day interrogations in an attempt to gain "suitable" confessions. Maintaining her sanity by thinking constantly of her family and praying in secret, Lee rises above illness and a looming 14-year prison sentence to paint a lucid self-portrait.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307716156
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
604,550
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

EUNA LEE is a film editor for Current TV, a cable network cofounded by former vice president Al Gore. As an editor, she has worked on humanitarian stories such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, American troops in Iraq, the U.S. war on drugs in Bolivia, and parolees in the United States. She was working as a producer on a documentary about North Korean defectors when she was arrested and detained in North Korea. She earned a motion pictures and television degree at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Hana.


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World Is Bigger Now: An American Journalist's Release from Captivity in North Korea . . . A Remarkable Story of Faith, Family, and Forgiveness 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
pooleman More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason, other than a little 4 minute video, there has been little publicity on this book. No Oprah, People, Larrry King etc., which is too bad, because I believe a lot of people will not read this book. Yes, it is the same "story" as the Ling sisters, and we know how it ends, but Euna Lee tells the tale from a much different perspective. She is not the experienced reporter that Laura and Lisa are, she is a film editor, born and raised in South Korea whose dream is to make an important documentary to help the world understand the plight of the North Korean refugees in China, who are mostly female and sold into some type of sexual slavery or arranged marriage, and if they are caught are sent back to North Korea for imprisonment or even death. This assignment was to be Euna's big break, her chance to make that documentary, her first overseas field assignment away from the confines of the Current editing room. And a week or so in to the work, she is a prisoner of the North Korean government. I recommend this book for the following people: 1. Christians or believers of any faith. Euna is a devout Christian, and this book journeys her ups and downs of her faith from the "where is my God" as she is being led in captivity to the resignation of "this is God's will" as she prepares for her twelve year sentence to a labor camp. If you are not a Christian, it still is a good read because Ms. Lee is not preachy, she just writes about this because it is who she is 2. Followers of the story: All the people on Facebook, or those of you who followed the story through the airport reunion should read this. Obviously there are shared experiences of Laura and Euna, but it is a different book. Ms. Lee goes into a lot more detail about the events that led up to that fateful day and as a South Korean has some different experiences (such as being called a betrayer of her race). She also isnt' aware of all the political processes going on that Laura and Lisa were in the middle of. She was told on her fourth phonecall to try and get her government to do more, but had no idea what to say. Finally, anyone who likes a good human interest story about struggling against hardshisps and fear and the unknown will enjoy this book If this wasn't a true story, it would make a good work of fiction.
LuccaQ More than 1 year ago
Great to hear Euna's story. Interesting to the contrasts between her and Laura's detainment. The parts highlighting how difficult it was to be separated from her family, particularly her daughter, were heartbreaking. Although I am not a Christian Euna's faith throughout her ordeal is truly inspiring. Always interesting to get a glimpse into North Korean life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got reading The World Is Bigger Now, by Euna Lee.  My eyes are swollen because I couldn't stop crying.  Euna's passion to do good for other turns into her own nightmare.  My heart broke when I read about her sweet Hana and her calls to her husband Michael, while she  was a prisoner of the North Korean government.  Even when Euna wrote about Officer Lee, her North Korean interrogator, tears filled my eyes.  Euna was place there for that time, for some reason, that she even says she may never know.  But for her to share her story now  is a reason for EVERYONE to read her captivating book.  Thank you Euna....you are an amazing Mommy, wife and  woman of God!    ~Carol Staab, NE
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