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NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by [Steve Silberman, Oliver Sacks]

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Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction

"Ambitious, meticulous and largehearted history...
NeuroTribes is beautifully told, humanizing, important."
The New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Silberman has surely written the definitive book about [autism’s] past."
The Economist 

“A comprehensive history of the science and culture surrounding autism studies…an essential resource.”
Nature magazine

NeuroTribes is a sweeping and penetrating history, presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity. It is fascinating reading; it will change how you think of autism, and it belongs, alongside the works of Temple Grandin and Clara Claiborne Park, on the bookshelf of anyone interested in autism and the workings of the human brain.”
--From the foreword by
Oliver Sacks, author of An Anthropologist On Mars and Awakenings

“Breathtaking… as emotionally resonant as any [book] this year." The Boston Globe

“A lively, readable book… To read
NeuroTribes is to realize how much autistic people have enriched the scope of human knowledge and diversity, and how impoverished the world would be without them.” The San Francisco Chronicle

“It is a beautifully written and thoughtfully crafted book, a historical tour of autism, richly populated with fascinating and engaging characters, and a rallying call to respect difference.” – Science magazine
 
“Epic and often shocking…Everyone with an interest in the history of science and medicine — how it has failed us, surprised us and benefited us — should read this book.” –
Chicago Tribune

“The best book you can read to understand autism"
–Gizmodo

“Required reading for every parent, teacher, therapist, and person who wants to know more about autism”
–Parents.com

"This is perhaps the most significant history of the discovery, changing conception and public reaction to autism we will see in a generation."
–TASH.org

“A well-researched, readable report on the treatment of autism that explores its history and proposes significant changes for its future…In the foreword, Oliver Sacks writes that this 'sweeping and penetrating history…is fascinating reading' that 'will change how you think of autism.' No argument with that assessment."
Kirkus Reviews
 
“The monks who inscribed beautiful manuscripts during the Middle Ages, Cavendish an 18th century scientist who explained electricity, and many of the geeks in Silicon Valley are all on the autism spectrum.  Silberman reviews the history of autism treatments from horrible blaming of parents to the modern positive neurodiversity movement.  Essential reading for anyone interested in psychology.”
--
Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and The Autistic Brain
 
NeuroTribes is remarkable. Silberman has done something unique: he’s taken the dense and detailed history of autism and turned the story into a genuine page-turner. The book is sure to stir considerable discussion.”
--
John Elder Robison, Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at The College of William & Mary and author of Look Me in the Eye
 
“This gripping and heroic tale is a brilliant addition to the history of autism.”
--
Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London
 
“In this genuine page-turner
Steve Silberman reveals the untold history of autism: from persecution to parent-blaming, from Rain Man to vaccines, of doctors for whom professional ego trumped compassion, to forgotten heroes like Hans Asperger, unfairly tainted by Nazi links.  It ends on an optimistic note, with ‘autistics’ reclaiming the narrative and defining autism in their terms — more difference than disability and an essential part of the human condition. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in autism or Asperger’s, or simply a fascination with what makes us tick.”
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Benison O’Reilly, co-author of The Australian Autism Handbook --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Steve Silberman has covered science and cultural affairs for WIRED and other national magazines for more than twenty years. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, TIME, Nature, and Salon. He lives in San Francisco. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00L9AY254
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avery; 1st edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 25, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2379 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 542 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 2,150 ratings

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Steve Silberman is an American writer based in San Francisco, California. Silberman is best known as a writer for Wired magazine, where he has been an editor and contributor for 14 years. In 2010, Silberman was awarded the AAAS "Kavli Science Journalism Award for Magazine Writing." His featured article "The Placebo Problem" discussed the impact of placebos on the pharmaceutical industry.

Silberman's 2015 book about autism and neurodiversity was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize. Silberman's Wired article "The Geek Syndrome", which focused on autism in Silicon Valley, has been referenced by many sources and has been described as a culturally significant article for the autism community. Silberman's Twitter account made Time magazine's list of the best Twitter feeds for the year 2011.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Is this book actually about Autistic people?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understandably controversial but essential reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for parents of children on the spectrum (should read for everyone else!)
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