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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Stein & Day Pub; illustrated edition edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812828976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812828979
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2004
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This is another intriguing story in the evolving history of transgender narratives. Here, the individual with the gender dysphoria was a noted eye surgeon with the financial resources necessary to achieve her goal. Still, her resources and did not prevent the inner turmoil and trauma that she underwent during a journey that took her from being Richard Raskin to Renee Richards. It was a journey that was, at times, to be marked by a curious ambivalence.

In reading her story, I would sometimes wonder whether it was gender dysphoria that was at the root of her unhappiness with herself or the sexual abuse that she suffered at the hands of her mother and sister during her childhood. Having read the accounts of many other gender dysphoric individuals who have surgically changed their outer selves to conform to their inner selves, I never doubted their sincerity or reasons for doing so.

In Ms. Richards' case, however, I found myself questioning the reasons for her gender change, as they rang hollow. Instead, it sounded as if she had other issues with which to contend that may have been the cause of her unhappiness. This is why I am not surprised to have recently read that she herself has apparently questioned her decision to undergo a surgical gender change and has evidently had regrets about her decision to surgically transition from male to female.

Still, Ms. Richards has led a fascinating, though utterly narcissistic, life that makes for interesting reading. A well-respected ophthalmologist, she is still in practice today at the age of seventy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Knight on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Renee has written a very powerful book, done things few can imagine but she still comes across as a narcissistic person, no matter what her genitalia. I admire Renee for her courage in doing some of the things she's done, her ability as a surgeon, her ability as a tennis player and much more.
It's a good historical narrative of a time in transgender history that is fading into the past.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Simpson <jerilinda@msn.com> on June 5, 1998
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As a post-operative Transsexual Woman this book brought tears to my eyes at times as I shared in some of the authors experiences. I couldn't put it down until I finished the book, then I read it again.
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By D on May 2, 2013
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Seldom do those of us in the TG community get a chance to take a real look at the life of one of our own who has made the grade. Dr. Richards was a pioneer, and opened hundred of door for the rest of us. To see what she face and understand it is a magnificent chance at a life that some of us will never have the chance or the nerve to go through. Well done!
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