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The Last POW is the exclusive account of Newman's ordeal - how the North Koreans tried, without success, to break his will; his interactions with his sinister interrogator and the other North Koreans involved in his detention; the "confession" he was forced to broadcast; and how he tried to signal he was being coerced. While Merrill was detained in Pyongyang, his family - his wife, Lee, living in a retirement home in Palo Alto; and his son and daughter-in-law in Pasadena - were frantically trying to determine what had happened to him and what they could do to secure his freedom. Newman's detention became a symbol of the seemingly irreconcilable differences that keep North Korea and the US in a permanent state of tension and revealed the inner workings of the security apparatus of one of the world's most totalitarian states. Eventually his case would involve the State Department, the international news media, eccentric former basketball player Dennis Rodman, and possibly North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself. His story serves as a warning against underestimating the lengths to which a paranoid and secretive regime will go to defend what it perceives as a threat to its security or reputation. But it is also an inspiring tale of an ordinary American family's courage and resilience in a situation as frightening as it was bizarre.
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By Laurence on 11-09-16
You must read/listen if going to the DPRK
I was there in 2011. This short book, which I listened to over two nights, is essential before going because you!ve really got to be careful what you say to anyone, anywhere in this country! It is an audio that holds your interest!