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

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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.

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On March 17, 2009, while filming a documentary on the Chinese–North Korean border, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers, 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 a trial before North Korea's highest court that led to a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in a North Korean prison camp.

When news of the arrest reached Laura's sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get Laura released. Her efforts led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House. Lisa takes us deep into the drama between people in the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and eventually former President Bill Clinton, who arrived in North Korea in mid-August for a suspenseful rescue.

Somewhere Inside is a timely, inspiring, and page-turning tale of survival set against the canvas of international politics. Writing with their strong, poignant voices, both sisters go beyond the headlines to reveal the unique bond that has sustained them throughout the most horrifying ordeal of their lives.

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Somewhere Inside is the electrifying, never-before-told story of Laura Lings capture by the North Koreans in March 2009, and the efforts of her sister, journalist Lisa Ling, to secure Lauras release by former President Bill Clinton. This riveting true account of the first ever trial of an American citizen in North Koreas highest court carries readers deep inside the worlds most secretive nation while it poignantly explores the powerful, inspiring bonds of sisterly love.

About the Author

Laura Ling is host and correspondent for E! Investigates. Previously she was vice president of Current TV's investigative journalism series Vanguard.

Lisa Ling is a special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey Show and a host of National Geographic Explorer. She was also a cohost of ABC's The View and a reporter for Channel One News.

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Laura Brown, June 28, 2011 (view all comments by Laura Brown)
I loved this book. I was aware of the situation (two journalists imprisoned in North Korea for crossing into Korean territory from China) while it was happening, but the book enriched my memory and my understanding of the intrigue and political maneuvering that was involved in arranging the release of the journalists.

I found the book a real page turner. It is extremely well written (not surprising considering the authors are both journalists) and the format of going back and forth between the Korean experience and the home front was perfect.

It was a wonderful book club book creating a lot of good conversations.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062000682
Author:
Laura Ling and Lisa Ling
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Author:
Ling, Laura
Author:
Ling, Lisa
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 792793 in 10.40 oz

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"Synopsis" by , On March 17, 2009, while filming a documentary on the Chinese–North Korean border, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were violently apprehended by North Korean soldiers, 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 a trial before North Korea's highest court that led to a sentence of twelve years of hard labor in a North Korean prison camp.

When news of the arrest reached Laura's sister, journalist Lisa Ling, she immediately began a campaign to get Laura released. Her efforts led her from the State Department to the higher echelons of the media world and eventually to the White House. Lisa takes us deep into the drama between people in the highest levels of government, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and eventually former President Bill Clinton, who arrived in North Korea in mid-August for a suspenseful rescue.

Somewhere Inside is a timely, inspiring, and page-turning tale of survival set against the canvas of international politics. Writing with their strong, poignant voices, both sisters go beyond the headlines to reveal the unique bond that has sustained them throughout the most horrifying ordeal of their lives.

"Synopsis" by ,

Somewhere Inside is the electrifying, never-before-told story of Laura Lings capture by the North Koreans in March 2009, and the efforts of her sister, journalist Lisa Ling, to secure Lauras release by former President Bill Clinton. This riveting true account of the first ever trial of an American citizen in North Koreas highest court carries readers deep inside the worlds most secretive nation while it poignantly explores the powerful, inspiring bonds of sisterly love.

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