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

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"Speckhard and Beck have teamed up to give us one of the smartest and most important books of the year. Warrior Princess is the story of Kristin Beck, formerly Chris, a decorated Navy SEAL and American patriot who faced a lifelong struggle to come to terms with her gender identity.
 
The book could stand alone as an account of Beck's distinguished career in the military, but Warrior Princess has a bolder message to send to its readers: transgender people are people... and some of them are even our national heroes.  


Beck is a natural protagonist...strong, hardworking, and deeply patriotic. Every reader can relate to her, whether it's her coming of age story, her decision to join the elite Navy SEALs, or even her coming to terms with her gender identity. And where Kristin's experiences differ from the readers, Speckhard subtly exercises her understanding of psychology and sociology to bridge the gap.

Whether a pacifist or a hawk, advocate or opponent of LGBT equality, Warrior Princess is a raw, honest, and surprisingly relatable read."  OutServe Magazine 

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Selected as Top reads: The best military books of 2013 by Army Times, Marine Corps Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times 

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  • File Size: 4419 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935866427
  • Publisher: Advances Press (June 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5CXCLY
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Luci on June 30, 2013
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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.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Alexander von der Linden on June 4, 2013
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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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84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By skin on June 4, 2013
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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.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By FltEngCPO on June 5, 2013
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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%.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tina F. Edwards on June 5, 2013
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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Maeve Bandruid on June 4, 2013
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...and if you cannot resolve what causes your pain, then focus on helping others to find Happiness. :)

Kristin Beck's biography is not for the superficial or faint of heart. There are major Life Lessons that are realized within the pages of "Warrior Princess" such as 'Unconditional Love of Self' and 'Don't Take It Personally'. And major Life Lessons are often learned through Pain.
Lots and lots of Pain.

Beck, as either Chris or Kristin is one of the bravest and ballsiest creature that has ever walked this green earth. Hands down.
By allowing us not only into her external experiences, but within her head and heart, she reminds the reader that sometimes, you have to make your own light at the end of the tunnel...with a sharp stiletto heel if necessary.

I read the book in five or so hours straight through, caught up in her sometimes tear-jerking journey, and can only say "Thank You".

Much Love and Laughter,
M~
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