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Author: Steve Silberman Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781504615860
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What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more—and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. 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 days of 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 for our society toward a more humane world in which people with learning differences and those who love them have access to the resources they need to live happier, healthier, more secure, and more meaningful lives.

Along the way, he reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger’s syndrome, 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, support, technological innovation, accommodations in the workplace and in education, and the right to self-determination for those with cognitive differences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The monks who inscribed beautiful manuscripts during the Middle Ages, Cavendish an eighteenth 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, New York Times bestselling author

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


  • 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.”

    Oliver Sacks, neurologist and bestselling author

  • “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

  • “NeuroTribes is beautifully told, humanizing, important. It has earned its enthusiastic foreword from Oliver Sacks; it has found its place on the shelf next to Far From the Tree, Andrew Solomon’s landmark appreciation of neurological differences. At its heart is a plea for the world to make accommodations for those with autism, not the other way around, and for researchers and the public alike to focus on getting them the services they need. They are, to use Temple Grandin’s words, ‘different, not less.’ Better yet, indispensable: inseparably tied to innovation, showing us there are other ways to think and work and live.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Journalist Silberman devotes this thick, linear tome to the stunning evolution of the autism diagnosis from one that’s explicitly negative to something more ambiguous and even positive…The main point—that autism may persist because it can come with adaptive qualities—is well taken.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A well-researched, readable report on the treatment of autism that explores its history and proposes significant changes for its future.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction
  • A 2015 Boston Globe Book of the Year
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A NPR’s Great Reads Selection of 2015
  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Best Nonfiction of 2015
  • A Gizmodo Pick for Most Loved Science Books of 2015

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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.

About the Narrator

William Hughes is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. A professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, he received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California at Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.