NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently (Paperback)Steve Silberman (author), Oliver Sacks (author of contributions)
Executed with both real scientific rigour and storytelling skills, Neurotribes is an eye-opening journey into the science and social history of neurodiversity and an ode to the ability to think differently.
Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
What is autism: a devastating developmental condition, 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 groundbreaking article 'The Geek Syndrome', Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of 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 casting light on the growing movement of 'neurodiversity' and mapping out a path towards a more humane world for people with learning differences.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 539 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm
'Stunning... Highly original... Outstanding.' - Spectator
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“Fascinating, wide-ranging and accessible.”
I took this book from the shelf planning to just skim through as I have no personal interest in Autism but I was completely absorbed from the first chapter. Silberman explores the history of autism with real... More
“A new history of autism”
I got a review copy of this book recently and have raced through it. As someone with a brother with autism I was already interested in the subject matter but unlike many other books out there this one reads more like... More
“Worthy winner of the Samuel Johnson prize”
This is a fascinating and very accessible 'history' of autism, from its first tentative indentification in the 1940's, through decades of trying to define what it is and the often awful treatment of... More
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