Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal's Journey to Coming Out Transgender

Warrior Princess A U S Navy Seal s Journey to Coming Out Transgender Chris Beck played high school football He bought a motorcycle much to his mother s dismay at age He grew up to become a U S Navy SEAL serving our country for twenty years on thirteen deployments

  • Title: Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal's Journey to Coming Out Transgender
  • Author: KristinBeck Anne Speckhard William Shepherd
  • ISBN: 9781935866428
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 hisChris 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

    One thought on “Warrior Princess: A U.S. Navy Seal's Journey to Coming Out Transgender”

    1. The story that this book wants to tell is fantastic, but unfortunately the writing gets in the way at every single turn. It is a shame, that after all Kristin Beck has done in her life - all the tours of duty, all the fire fights, all the courage that it takes to come out as transgender in the military environment - she has not picked up a better ghost writer or editor. I'm very glad that this book exists, but I wish that more time and effort had been devoted to making it more coherent and less [...]

    2. I want to give this book two stars for editing and writing, seven stars for bravery, four stars for interest, and eight stars for honesty. This had to be a hard story to tell. She did have an editor, so I don't understand why the sentences were so often poorly formed. It could have been a much tighter and IMO more effective book. Furthermore, when the book quotes directly from letters that Kristen wrote, the letters exhibit better writing style and editing than the book itself.This book is a fas [...]

    3. Subject matter, five stars. Courage, SIX stars. Writingo stars. Kristin didn't write this herself, she had an author whose style is pedestrian. The Kindle version was full of typos as well.That aside, this is a necessary book about a Navy SEAL, the toughest of the tough, living with the secret that he's a woman. It goes far to explaining why Kris herself had this internal conflict and how badly his family reacted. It also explains how being a SEAL ensured that Chris would have the necessary cour [...]

    4. I really wanted to like this book. In short, it was a really interesting story that was not very well told. There's no doubt that Kristin is basically the toughest person in America for serving as a SEAL for ~20 years and then coming out as transgender, but that alone won't make a book a good read.The book was written in the third person, and I assumed for the first half that this was because it was primarily written by Anne…until Anne was introduced in the narrative, still in the third person [...]

    5. The courage it took to share this story is worth 5 stars, but it was a painful read through poor writing and an incoherent storyline. The story is amazing- a Navy Seal, married two times and having spent most of his life in war torn countries has hidden the truth about himself- he identifies as a woman. The pain and truth and power in Kristin's voice are evident on every page. There are moments that are not given enough attention; showing up to have beers with a Seal buddy while wearing a dress. [...]

    6. I read this book quickly. I decided to read this book after seeing an interview with Kristen on television. Three chapters in I began to feel frustrated with the writing. With a story such as Kristen's involving the topic of transgender it was disappointing that much of the writing leaves the reader feeling like they are browsing Kristen's thearpy notes. The book should bave been written in Kristen's voice to convey the magnitude of her journey and the pain and joy that she experienced as she tr [...]

    7. As a copy editor, I'm not sure I'll be able to get through this book. Spelling errors, punctuation errors, and such are driving me to distraction. I didn't finish it. Returned to the library. It's too bad: good story, but not a good book.

    8. I read this book for my Multicultural Resources for Diverse Communities class.Beck, K. & Speckhard, A. (2013). Warrior princess. McLean, VA: Advances Press.Hardcover | $19.99 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935866-42-8 | 220 pages | A FictionNot many books receive the attention of ABC, CNN, the Huffington Post, and other mainstream media outlets within days of publication. Usually these books are written by celebrities, but in this case what makes the book newsworthy is its subject’s seeming impossibilit [...]

    9. Enthralling reading. The story of a Navy SEAL who transitions from male to female could hardly fail to be enthralling. I commend Kristin’s courage, both that which she demonstrated during her 20 years of missions and that which she’s demonstrating by living openly as a transgendered woman. The most enthralling aspect of this true experience is the revelation of what it means to live a fully committed life. For 20 years, through 13 deployments, Kristin committed herself to the SEAL teams. The [...]

    10. The content of this book is amazing, but you must overlook the poor writing of repeating themes, confusing sentences, (as examples) as well as the many grammatical errors there are throughout the reading. I also read it on a Kindle. If I was rating was for the content alone, I'd rate it more than 5 stars. It almost feels like a rush job of writing and lack of an editor.The book is separated into the 3 lives that Kris has been throughe first being his home life as Chris, the second is Chris again [...]

    11. I give this book four stars for content and two stars for writing -- hence the three star average rating. This is a good book about gender dysphoria even though it was repetitive at times. It's too bad that an editor did not catch the many spelling and grammar errors not to mention the difficult transitions from para to para. I often found myself having to read sentences more than once to figure out what was really going on. That being said, it's worth the read to expand one's knowledge about a [...]

    12. Ok, I have very mixed feelings about this book. Clearly, the author had lived a fascinating life, filled with pain and resilience and flaws and strengths. She is remarkable. So, as a life story it is worth the read. You have to be willing to overlook a couple things. First, it is poorly written and edited. The psychologist-writer involved needed an editor, and didn't get one, I think. Second, you have to overlook some mixing up of sexual identity and gender identity (though she mostly gets this [...]

    13. I liked that this book was about the difficulties of being transgender and coping with that at every stage of life, rather than about difficulties being transgender in the military. Sadly the book isn't edited or structured at all well so it's pretty hard to get the most out of it. But the aims and themes of the book were great and I hope someone takes another crack at editing it at some point.

    14. Have to agree with some others, in that it is a remarkable and brave story. The grammar and writing was tough to swallow at times and the errors often distracted me from the story, mostly because I am a little OCD when it comes to those things. Amazing journey and bravery throughout the lives of both Chris and Kris.

    15. Kristin Beck's life story is 5 stars and worth knowing, but the book's writing as done by the Anne Speckhard, who supposedly has a PhD, should have done better justice for this incredible human being. Kristin Beck's tale was fascinating, touching, heart-wrenching, and educational.

    16. This book has been denounced by the author. She has stated: 'The book 'Warrior Princess' is not the real story. It was a manipulation of my emotions, PTSD, and my duress from SEAL teams and transition into my new life.'I too, agree the book is poorly written and inaccurate.

    17. There are many things that can be said about this book. I'll just stick to this: It's a good thing this book was published, and I think everyone slightly interested, should definitely read it. Also, I wish Kristin and everyone in a similar situation all the best!

    18. My god. I am speechless with joy and sorrow. In lieu of a review I may have to blog about this.The 4 stars are for content NOT writing style--yowza.

    19. I agree with most of the reviews: excellent content, horrendous writing and editing. Would love to see the story retold in more of a memoir format. But it is important this book is out there.

    20. Kristin Beck was a Navy SEAL named Chris Beck who had gender identity disorder and PTSD. Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. is a psychiatrist and an ambassador's wife who ran across Chris at some event. Chris recruited Anne into helping him write his book about his life in the military, his struggles with gender identity disorder, and his transition into becoming Kristin Beck. Anne was interested in how veterans dealt with PTSD. In the book, Chris was referred to as Chris with male pronouns before the transi [...]

    21. I first heard about this book on Twitter the day Trump came out with his transgender ban for the military, and bought it that day. Story is a 5, editing was a 1, but I'm not going to hold that against this must-read story.

    22. It was interesting to learn about Kristin (Chris)'s struggles, and her eventual decision to live life as a woman. Its sad to learn that she struggled for over 40 years and was unhappy for much of that time before she could be happy. So much of her military service was in an effort to escape real life - push to the limit 100% of the time so she didn't have time to think about the problems. Unfortunately, the writing was poor. Anne Speckhard (who wrote Kristin's story) didn't give it the quality i [...]

    23. I was really looking forward to reading this because this is a story that NEEDS to be told. That SHOULD be told. It's a great story. However, this particular version of it, is only somewhat good. Why? Because of the numerous writing errors that cloud the reading. Other reviewers here have gone into great length about the errors, so I won't. I will say, however, in regards to the writing, that I thought it would have been better told in first person, even if Kris wasn't the writer. I felt like a [...]

    24. Interseting story, terrible writing. I've had this book on my "want to read" list for a number of years. But I wanted to read this story of this former US Navy SEAL who had been born male (as Chris) but after many years had come to her true self as Kristin. The book tells Kristin's (before her transition the text refers to Chris and uses male pronouns) story. Growing up, always feeling "different", dressing up in her sister's clothes plus her service and eventual transition. I had read Janet Mo [...]

    25. Were it not for the writing, I would give this book one if not two more stars. The story is sad and inspiring all at once. And, as any story like this has to be, extremely personal to the author. Because of that it would have been better told through the actual voice of the author rather than the third person its actually written in. I was led to believe at first that it was written from the co-author's point of view, but when she herself entered the story it remained in the third person. Not on [...]

    26. A truly beautiful, powerful, moving story, and writing that does not do it justice. The story: a really interesting look at Chris/Kristin's life, and the single-mindedness with which she served the SEALs, the military and the country. The struggle to be real versus detatching to excel is heartbreaking. Kristin lived for duty- duty to family, to society, to country for so long and was told that her true self was so unacceptable that the path to matching internal and external identity was rocky an [...]

    27. Kristin Beck is a transgender woman who was able to come out - to herself, to her family, and ultimately to the world - after retiring from service as a Navy SEAL. This book chronicle's Kristen's journey to become herself.I really, really wanted this book to be good. There aren't enough good trans books in the world. However, this book is not worth the electronic space it takes up on my Kindle.1. It is narrated in third person, presumably because someone else wrote the book and just tacked on Kr [...]

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