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Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy SEAL's Journey to Coming out Transgender [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Beck , Anne Speckhard , William Shepherd
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Chris Beck played high school football. He bought a motorcycle, much to his mother’s dismay, at age 17. He grew up to become a U.S. Navy SEAL, serving our country for twenty years on thirteen deployments, including seven combat deployments, and ultimately earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. To everyone who saw him, he was a hero. A warrior. A man.

But underneath his burly beard, Chris had a secret, one that had been buried deep inside his heart since he was a little boy—one as hidden as the panty hose in the back of his drawer. He was transgender, and the woman inside needed to get out.

This is the journey of a girl in a man’s body and her road to self-actualization as a woman amidst the PTSD of war, family rejection and our society’s strict gender rules and perceptions. It is about a fight to be free inside one’s own body, a fight that requires the strength of a Warrior Princess.

Kristin’s story of boy to woman explores the tangled emotions of the transgender experience and opens up a new dialogue about being male or female: Is gender merely between your legs or is it something much bigger?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4419 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935866427
  • Publisher: Advances Press (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, needs editing 15 Aug. 2013
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I could relate to Kristin's childhood issues although I struggle with the conclusion. No less, I can acknowledge that Kristin's decision may be right for her.

The book was thoroughly enjoyable and I could hardly put it down. On the other hand, the editing was poor and makes Kristin seem somewhat less intellectually sophisticated than it could have. Someone that's capable of providing this level of leadership and technical insight probably can communicate better than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the reading time 5 Aug. 2013
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This is a bravely written book and gives the reader an insight into the world of someone with gender dysmorphia
When this person lives within the macho world of the US Navy SEAL the transition becomes even more traumatic
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting some insight into this issue, or who wants to read a story of true courage and bravery
I have nothing but admiration for Kristen Beck for sharing her story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Preconceptions 5 Jun. 2013
By Alexander von der Linden - Published on
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This isn't the first SEAL biography that I've read. When I started it, I expected it to be like most of the others full of bad ass exploits, and derring do. There is some of that, but that's not really the point.

This book is the memoir of a woman who spent her first two lives as a man, was pushed by guilt and her own demons into the "hyper masculine" world of the SEALS, and is now coming to terms with her third life as the person she's known she is since she could first remember. It talks of the despair, of the guilt, and of all of the psychological aspects of a life hidden.

I deeply recommend this book to anyone trying to understand.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story, but horribly written 30 Jun. 2013
By Luci - Published on
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After seeing Kristin Beck in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, I ordered the Kindle version of "Warrior Princess," looked forward to reading what I imagined would be an intriguing story, but discovered--to my horror--that much of it isn't even acceptable English. Almost every Kindle page was marred by grammatical solecisms, misspelled words (not typos, mind you, because they would be misspelled again in subsequent paragraphs), poorly chosen vocabulary, fragments masquerading as sentences, horrendous punctuation, insufferable repetition, non sequiturs, etc. So, I decided to have a look at the publisher's web site. It turns out that Advances Press (a rather suspect name) has published four books, three of them attributing authorship to Anne Speckhard, who is Kristin Beck's co-author. Unless I am mistaken, Anne Speckhard and Advances Press may be one and the same. In any case, the book lacks the critical intervention of a careful editor, even though the following statement appears in the "Acknowledgments": "Thanks also to our fantastic editor Jayne Pillemer for her thoughtful insights, great job editing, support and her most valuable advice throughout the process." If Jayne Pillemer is responsible for the abominable writing that spoils what could have been a terrific book, then Beck and Speckhard would be wise to enlist a competent, capable, and proven editor to correct the unforgivable errors that are laced throughout their prose, and produce a second, corrected edition.

Kristin Beck's story, which is one of accomplishment, courage, and tragedy on so many levels, deserves to be told by somebody with the ability to write. As the book stands, she has not been well served. I found it painful to read, even as I kept hoping that the errors would diminish in number and intensity, as I continued to read. Kristen Beck is a remarkable person--heroic as Chris the Navy Seal, heroic as Kris the transgendered woman. She deserves the honors and recognition that she has earned in her long career. She does not deserve the insult of the horrible writing that undermines her otherwise amazing story.
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! 5 Jun. 2013
By FltEngCPO - Published on
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I found Kristin's story very interesting as a fellow Sailor and Navy Chief. It was also fascinating to learn more about the transgender subject. I support her 100%.
82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Content, Terrible Writing 5 Jun. 2013
By skin - Published on
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Let me start off by saying the content of this book is great. To be given a glimpse inside of Kristin's mind was tremendously interesting and I think this book may do a lot of good in terms of advancing awareness of transgender persons.

However, the writing is absolutely awful. Many grammar mistakes and questionable word choice. There are some mistakes where it is not only difficult to believe there was an editor, but hard to believe the authors even proofread their own work. I am by no means someone who harps on grammar mistakes, but when I am paying for a professionally published book, to have it get to the point where I noticed how poorly written it is, there is a problem.

In addition to that, they refer to Kris in the past as Chris and use him/he and present day Kris with her/she, which makes sense. However, this is really inconsistently done. There are multiple instances where she is referred to as both male and female in the same sentence without a change in tense. It ends up being very confusing.

All of that said, the content of the book absolutely trumps the writing. This book should be bought and if an editor fixes this book for a future edition, the review will instantly change to five stars.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for gaining understanding of a heart-wrenching situation. 6 Jun. 2013
By Tina F. Edwards - Published on
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The story is compelling, and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't already know just how difficult, and life-threatening, this situation is. The most important thing to be gained from reading Kris Beck's story is compassion for anyone struggling with gender-identity, or, really, ANYTHING that harms no one, but yet is widely condemned or stigmatized. The realization that this could one-day be my own child, or even spouse, was stunning--but her story makes clear that ANYONE can be hiding an anguishing truth about themselves, and suffering, because of our cultural lack of tolerance and compassion for the different. Unfortunately, the book was clearly written quickly, and suffers from some lax editing. It tends to be repetitive in places, but these are easily skipped past, leading to a quick, yet meaty, read. I really hope it does well and helps to change the path for transgenders here in the US.
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