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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.
it was sorta slow till the end, Laura, God bless you for what you lived thru.Published 16 days ago by Gayle L Miller
Fantastic book, they do a great job of being aware of their privilege as influential well-to-do Americans. So glad Laura got free!Published 20 days ago by T. Rachelle Ellis
It was a true life page turner and having both perspectives is very powerful!Published 1 month ago by Rickie Hall
I bought this book after following the story of Laura Ling and her captivation in North Korea. I liked the exchange between the sisters and gave perspective on both sisters'... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ena
This book not only opened my eyes to the terrible treatment of the citizens of north Korea but it also gave me a great perspective into the most powerful government in the world,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wendy
Got this book because she was speaking at my school. She even signed it for me! It's a decent read, especially for one a college course forces you to read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BeyondSuperheroes
This story is an incredible story of courage! It brings awareness to the plight of N Koreans and the dangers that journalist face to bring awareness to the forefront. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Consuelo D. Lewis
Love this book....brave and sisters both,,,glad it had a good ending.Published 8 months ago by Henry
I would've liked it better if it was less about Lisa and more about Laura and Euna. It was a good book, but it didn't really help to create that mental picture I was looking for. Read morePublished 8 months ago by My Amazon