Somewhere Inside

Somewhere Inside

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

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Presents an account that alternates between Laura Ling's experiences as a captive within the prison system of the North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive nations, and journalist Lisa Ling's efforts to have her sister released.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2010]
Edition: 1st ed.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780062000675
Branch Call Number: 365.4509 LIN
Characteristics: xiv, 322 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ling, Lisa

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StarGladiator
Feb 08, 2020

I have to be very careful in reviewing and explaining why I stopped reading early on - - I don't wish to criticize the Ling sisters as no doubt they are well intentioned.
It is just that Laura Ling comes across as the ultimate rube - - the hokiness factor of her guide keeps shouting: "set up, set up, set up"!
Then, there's that major surreal aspect - - the complete suspension of disbelief required. She's reporting on a bad situation involving two totalitarian states: one now ruled by the princeling/dictator, Emperor Xi Jinping - - the other by the Kim family dynasty.
China is not a "normal" country - - yet there's an attitude that Laura Ling could easily report from the Chinese/North Korean border [although she did momentarily cross into North Korea] for her documentary.
Unreal . . . . .
Of course, they would seek out Bill Clinton's help - - as president, Clinton gave everything to the Chinese Communist Party and wasn't he the one who allowed the transfer of nuclear technology to North Korea [believe it involved the European firm, ABB, on whose board of directors sat one Donald Rumsfeld]? Plus, after the presidency, Clinton - - as a lobbyist for the FTA/Free Trade Agreement industry - - made Big Bucks in the offshoring of jobs to China [as did his brother-in-law, Tony Rodham and daughter Chelsea at McKinsey].
Yes, much evil is perpetrated from the ruler-level in the totalitarian states of China and North Korea - - but no, Laura Ling is not "raising awareness" about it so much as grandstanding as an ineffectual journalist.

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miaone
Dec 25, 2019

This book makes a valuable contribution to the effort so many Americans are making to try to understand something about North Korea, its actions and its motivations.

A must-read, written by sisters Laura and Lisa Ling. Not much was said in the media about Laura’s experience, both during and after her captivity. What little I heard about her experience made me curious and I just had to read her story. You won’t be able to put the book down once you start reading. (submitted by LL)

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pwkarrys
Jul 08, 2010

Great book & an easy read. Very interesting perspective of North Korea.

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