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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.
Read the book after attending a talk by ms. Ling. to read the woke story made everything she talked about so much more real. A very brave person.Published 8 days ago by Margaret Little
I loved this. I'm so glad you are trying to help the people in North Korea by putting your story out therePublished 1 month ago by chellek42
This book had me intrigued the whole time. It reminds what it is to be an American and the blessing we havePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia
I bought this book to hear the story of the plight of North Korean refugees and someone who was held in captivity for attempting to bring them hope. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LifetimeRoad
Very good read. Like the formatting of reading both sisters side. Very lucky to have so many resources in high placesPublished 2 months ago by Bohng
My Book Club chose this book and I devoured it, very interesting and nicely written but an easy read too. I love biographies especially when they are a test of adversity. Read it !Published 2 months ago by Nolster77
It is amazing to see into the very unknown world of North Korea. Laura's story of perseverance was truly amazing.Published 3 months ago by Michael
I had read this book prior to my purchase. I have never read such a respectful, moving telling of capture in my life. A MUST READ for everyone!Published 4 months ago by Suzanne Werman
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 5 months ago by D.Beyer