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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (May 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885477856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885477859
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norm and his wife Marsha were professional partners as safety educators, and then business partners in weekly newspaper publishing for fifteen years. With this book, they have renewed their professional partnership, after a hiatus during which they dedicated themselves to full-time parenting. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, and three sons, David, Alfred, and Nicholas.


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Certainly explains the "unusual" traits of some very famous people.
"rutgersfan"
So families with children with Asperger's Syndrome and those with Asperger's Syndrome can find much hope and information in these two books.
Rev Dr John Benjamin Tatum DD PhD
Norm's wife Marsha's illustrations throughout the book were very enjoyable.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rev Dr John Benjamin Tatum DD PhD on September 22, 2004
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This book is very well written and gives a good broad view of Asperger's Syndrome (as opposed to "Classic Autism"). As someone on the Autism Spectrum, knowing that on one side is "Severe Classic Autism" which most people think of when thinking of autism... and on the other end are those like Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, and myself who all have Asperger's Syndrome... shows that the Spectrum is VERY WIDE. I have both a Doctorate of Divinity and a PhD in Psychology. Both are "abstract" and not "scientific" (most "Aspies" tend to be VERY STRONG in the sciences, and of course by definition are VERY DETAIL ORIENTATED). One must clearly differentiate between "Classic Autism" and "Asperger's Syndrome"... those with CA are VERY DIFFERENT than someone with AS...as this book plainly shows, in investigating famous people with the particular form of Autism on the Autism Spectrum known as Asperger's Syndrome. I also recommend Notm Ledgin's "Diagnosing Jefferson" (ISBN: 1-88-5477-60-0), which is also published by Future Horizons... which like this book discusses a famous person with Asperger's Syndrome, but since it is on a single subject, it goes into MUCH MORE DETAIL in showing the very strong Asperger's traits that the third President of the United States of America had. This shows how someone with high functioning Asperger's Syndrome can function, even as the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of American... and even as President of the United States. So families with children with Asperger's Syndrome and those with Asperger's Syndrome can find much hope and information in these two books.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By peachnmario on September 12, 2004
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I'm very sorry that the autistic person who wrote the last review feels this book is misleading. His information about Einstein's brain is, first of all, erronious. To quote the BBC: "Scientists at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada compared the shape and size Einstein's brain with those of 35 men and 56 women with average intelligence.

They think their findings may well explain his genius for mathematical and spatial thinking.

In general, Einstein's brain was the same as all the others except in one particular area - the region responsible for mathematical thought and the ability to think in terms of space and movement. Extensive development of this region meant that Einstein's brain was 15% wider than the other brains studied.

Uniquely, Einstein's brain also lacked a groove that normally runs through part of this area. The researchers suggest that its absence may have allowed the neurons to communicate much more easily."

Anyone who has read a thorough account of Einstein's childhood and later life can attest that the evidence is overwhelming that this man was indeed autistic. Not all autistic children start out talking and then stop, as the reviewer stated. That is only true in what is known as "Regressive autism" or "Autism syndrome", not classical autism as defined by Kanner in the 1940's. The fact that Einstein had friends is a testament to his brilliance and contributions to science -- not to a lack of autism. The truth is that Einstein had a miserable, friendless childhood; was considered extremely odd by his peers, and, at first, to be "an imbecile" by teachers.

People with high-functioning autism and Asperger's can and do get married all the time. I am married to a man with (previously undiagnosed) Asperger's.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Suzie on January 28, 2006
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Well written, absorbing, sensible and much needed. Mr Ledgin examines the possibility that some of histories most loved and respected artists, musicians, and scientists may well have been on the autistic spectrum, and quite possibly achieved what they did not just despite their differences but perhaps even because of them.

This book is not so much an attempt to diagnose famous historical figures as a sincere look at what traits these people had in common with the autistic spectrum, the objective being to remind those who receive this diagnosis, their families and their schools, that having difficulties with some things doesn't mean you lack potential or talent. There are drawbacks to this approach, but if you find yourself curious then you will probably find this easy read both enjoyable and interesting.

Since this book was published there have been many copy cats, so despite the controversy and criticism it seems to have become quite a legitimate practice to speculate over the possibility of famously talented but troubled individuals having been autistic. I think it is a sign of the general prejudice toward autistic people that so many people are disgusted by the suggestion and of the general ignorance about autism that so many people laugh at the suggestion.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stanford N. Gerber on September 14, 2002
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This is a brilliant book. What a marvelous job of forensic biography. Mr Ledgin continues to unravel the mysteries of Asperger's and of some of the people who have it . As a person who has always been considered "different" but who has accomplished a lot, it is marvelous to see that there are others who are "different" yet who have accomplished great things. An extraordinary book
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John Harpur on June 25, 2003
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This is a lively, entertaining and obviously provocative book. Whether you endorse or denounce post mortme diagnoses of AS,one has to admit that soem famous thinkers have had traits consistent with AS. A whole host of thinkers are listed from science, the arts, music and even the theatre. Some of the choices are likely to be more controversial than others, but I won't comment on that.
My major concern with such a book is that it is always open to the charge of selectivity. The fact that someone had traits consistent with AS does not allow us to derive the conclusion that they had AS. To be fair to the author, he does make comemnts to this effect in the beginning.
The strength of the book is that is in inspirational. You to can succeed if you have AS. The weaknesse is that skirts the argument that you should only conclude AS when the 'AS traits' interfere with a person's abliity to cope. In other words, Asperger syndrome is only a problem when it is a problem.
Nevertheless the book gives us plenty of food for thought. I hope that the author will produce another with more forensic detail however.
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