NeuroTribes: The legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently

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Allen & Unwin, Aug 26, 2015 - Family & Relationships - 544 pages
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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015

A New York Times bestseller

'NeuroTribes is a sweeping and penetrating history, presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity... it will change how you think of autism.' - From the foreword by Oliver Sacks

What is autism: a devastating developmental disorder, a lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it.

Following on from his ground breaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for identifying it, and discovers why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

Going back to the earliest autism research and chronicling the brave and lonely journey of autistic people and their families through the decades, Silberman provides long-sought solutions to the autism puzzle, while mapping out a path towards a more humane world in which people with learning differences have access to the resources they need to live happier and more meaningful lives.

He reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, whose 'little professors' were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history; exposes the covert campaign by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner to suppress knowledge of the autism spectrum for fifty years; and casts light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' activists seeking respect, accommodations in the workplace and education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences.

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User Review  - zzshupinga - LibraryThing

When it comes to talking about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), such as Asperger’s, there has been a dearth of good literature until the last decade, thanks primarily to Dr. Temple Grandin, Tony ... Read full review

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User Review  - mcdenis - LibraryThing

A very useful discussion of the diversity of autism. It should be on every caregiver's list. The autism spectrum is now crowding the list for services for the disabled but not all is lost. Silberman ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

STEVE SILBERMAN is an award-winning investigative reporter. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, TIME, Nature, Wired and Salon.

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