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In 1951 George Jorgensen, an American man of 26, left for Denmark and returned a year later as the first world-renowned transsexual, Christine Jorgensen. In her own personable style, Jorgensen offers a firsthand account of her ground-breaking life. "Nature made a mistake," she wrote, "which I have corrected."

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 01-03-13

The Original, Timeless Transsexual Autobiography

Jorgensen was the first widely known person to have sex reassignment surgery (male to female). She became a spokesperson for transsexual and transgender people when "trans" wasn't even in the popular lexicon.

She was a beautiful blonde who was famous for being classy and smart— a lady with taste and talent, and had a successful career in theater and film.

If you have never heard of her, this book is a must. If you've heard of her but forgot her, revisit!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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It's a woman's world

Where does Christine Jorgensen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book is well written however it is farther long and at times it's easy to loose interest the rebuilding she went through in Denmark

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christine Jorgensen?

When she was in Cuba

Which scene was your favorite?

Not one in particular stands out

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Some of the laws and how they were either used for her or aginst her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Normal except for this one aspect of her life :-)

This is not a sensationalistic story, it is an honest autobiography from a person who turns out to be strikingly "normal" except for the accident of her birth as something other than she felt herself inside, to be... Christine's early journey and unhappy life as George Jorgenson touch me deeply. I was intrigued to learn how George persevered, doing his own research, and then getting help from American doctors, before setting out for Denmark to work with researchers, to get complete professional help with her transition. Further details and information about the transsexual person, are clearly presented for the reader. I think this autobiography clearly shows how well Christine Jorgenson knew herself. I was gratified to learn of the compassionate treatment she received, not only from her doctors, but from so many friends, and from her family. Unfortunately, many in the media we're not so friendly, they were exploitative, but some did give her story fair and balanced reporting. And once she embarked upon a career in entertainment, it appears that critics gave her a chance to show what she was capable of doing. It is striking that she became a person who was comfortable in her own skin and able to win over often curious and skeptical audiences in a well received night club act, and in her appearances in summer stock theater.. It is striking that as a society in the United States we have not come nearly as far as we should, such that some politicians and individuals still have such difficulty accepting people different than themselves, and according them equal treatment under the law. Although much time has passed, this autobiography is still important reading so that we understand the struggles of individuals of all kinds to be loved and excepted just as they are