Transcript for Burgers & Books: George Stephanopoulos with Cara Hoffman
-- He is such a moving book. And what I was struck by more than anything else as I was reading it had never read anything like this before never read. A novel about a warrior who was a woman. -- There's a lot of reasons it's -- -- That primary -- news. -- The 1940s -- read any novels ever. It was a doctor so and the real reason has to do with what's available to women and -- -- -- -- So that would be the simpler is and I think the other reason is and -- that there has been. A certain amount of time now of course that women have -- -- Well aware of what this. When did your -- specifically about. The young woman coming conference and. Mostly because the journalist who has seen that this is something that's going on. The time news tonight. What women have actually served in the military it's there for quite a long time. And their stories it's -- so it's something that's silence and for me. -- -- -- in the interest in what people don't talk about an interest in the where can -- And so much of what the Republicans have said. And is this why -- -- in the haunting line home is not always safest place for returning -- -- yeah -- does not always the safest place. Our and that's because I think. People at home don't really understand what has happened that day the -- of the experience. Whether it's something that's -- and what happens to protect my -- or or even. Just seeing things that are so -- so remote and in -- different from their home. Lauren as a conversation was one of her best -- her best friend. I think who asked -- did you save -- lives and she's thinking what she wants to ask is exactly the opposite. -- people are so aware that you've been sent to kill. And that's just -- finding -- life. Right now he almost can figure -- -- escape. She can't find -- -- He's the characters -- do it I think like me. Went in. For -- at least 20000 dollar signing bonus to her family. -- -- many American blaze. Rapidly. Miles into the report. B. For closure notice and heroics -- woman -- she decided to. -- She comes from a community where that is just done. Around exactly when an army base -- that -- that seems to define some of her experience as well there -- entire communities. That live. And die. These wars and the whole rest of the country that is completely separate exactly from this -- I -- kind of activity to bridge that Capitol Hill -- Definitely I gave -- -- talking about. But this pejorative. People who enlisted -- people who. Who go into the army's thinking he didn't think designing. Like my brother -- -- -- if you get an education. -- -- and experience. Any skills and job and I think that's something that people. Give -- the students of all volunteer and he had this this. Different generation of people who think about Vietnam and think about people being drafted him and -- -- Regardless. And right now we have an all volunteer that we're not really looking at what. What -- that you mentioned your reporter wouldn't you get the stories from where you this is a work of fiction. But I assume you -- -- journalism skills to work I did I did it -- and many many soldiers who returned home -- talked many. Women soldiers returned and my Brothers soldiers have twice and cancer twice -- -- first time he served with a special forces of and the second time humans. And National Guard meaning. What was again and training mission -- Afghans went without going to be on his own personal story. What did you learn about. What is most difficult. For the soldiers coming back. I think anybody that goes in and Lawrence -- -- -- in the -- you know anybody who comes back. From somewhere from a long trip he says is gonna have trouble adjusting so there is. Getting back into the culture and the stakes of their decisions in the things that they're doing a very very high. And it's I think -- -- And you think I'm just not not just the things that people think of -- is really troubling currently -- driving as hard after -- -- -- convoys and you're worried about I had a decent. Yet it blues are the news that. Bloody war over but I think it's negated every day that they -- -- -- I love the title be safe I love you that's. What her brother road at the end of every letter. When she was -- season and say it does seem like this particular relationship this is the heart. The entire book she wants to do everything she can't -- that. Little boy now a young man this guy is here in the reverse situation when it was -- coming. Is older. Eight he's been in the military since -- it's very. Decades. Letters. Written ten. Yeah he was obviously it is still obviously was a very Big Brother. A lot of things that he where -- from excellent idea. A lot of the entity that. Learning army combat mostly it's self defense -- you know hand and some of the -- here. -- -- things like jumping off the firehouse. Him. -- -- Some companies stating. His job India it may may have even been ballet lessons -- something bad news today about the car he was against the car. Just about role. They actually did this is in real life and it's very motivating some news do it do it. -- If you had an ideal reader. In -- -- saying. I -- -- who isn't and wouldn't want that person to take away. You know my ideal reader for this book is. Is this us crazy but it's it's everyone and really I think this is a -- Needs to be read I have to say that enough I have covered these wars I've talked to a lot of. People won't -- a lot of people who serve but it. I didn't understand. What Wilson in many ways what is driving people to go sir. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's but this is -- added that open up a new side. I think what I and the I think really isn't one of the most important things and that I am trying to get across is that. War is is it this is not the story of a soldier rain. There's so many books that are written or just the story a soldier in the soldier's experience and the soldiers -- -- -- readjustment and and very American idea of rugged individualism. But the fact is. -- you know. Soldiering and homecoming affects the entire. Communities -- -- whole families. The front lines of those people affected by PT ST here actually felons right when -- when a person comes home and they're beginning to have those kinds of troubling experiences. The very first people who who see what's going on our analyst. And he could recommend one book. To our readers to our viewers who are watching how would you have me. -- -- everybody should read change in and everybody I'm gonna go look it up right after the staff and -- and so is this BC -- Thank you sir thank you so much.
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