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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.
The book is told in tandem, from the perspective of Laura Ling, the sister held captive by the DPRK, and Lisa Ling, who reports from the home front. Read morePublished 11 days ago by D.Beyer
I read primarily memoirs and true stories. This book kept me holding my breath at the daily struggles of being held in North Korea. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
SOMEWHERE INSIDE is a heart warming book about adventures in N Korea. It reveals compassion and undiveable love. Politicians are really human like us all andPublished 17 days ago by Optoko
Really enjoyed this book, you won't want to put it down. Very interesting and well told story about very brave women.Published 1 month ago by Tracy
I loved reading this book because it had a mixture of everything that makes us relate to each other as human beings. The reader can really feel the connection and bond of sisters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by syndy garcia
it makes me wonder if they will get to see the people again n korea? it is a good bookPublished 3 months ago by Richie
I read this in high school as a book report and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Do you know how hard it is to get teenagers into books like these? Very hard. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lucy Ochoa
Amazed by all the details how they survived the Communist prison and the intervention of the U.S. government and a celeb. sister to get them freed.Published 9 months ago by Mark Nguyen
I would not have chosen this book except the book club picked it. I was very glad to have read it, however, because a better understanding of the N Korean culture and attitudes is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by lillian davis