Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently
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.
Winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2015.
STEVE SILBERMAN is an award-winning investigative reporter and 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.
Foreword by Oliver Sacks..Introduction: Beyond the Geek Syndrome..1. The Wizard of Clapham Common..2. The Boy Who Loves Green Straws..3. What Sister Viktorine Knew..4. Fascinating Peculiarities..5. The Invention of Toxic Parenting..6. Princes of the Air..7. Fighting the Monster..8. Nature's Smudged Lines..9. The Rain Man Effect..10. Pandora's Box..11. In Autistic Space..12. Building The Enterprise: Designs for a Neurodiverse World..Epilogue: The Mayor of Kensington..Acknowledgments..Notes..Index