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NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently Paperback – 25 Feb 2016

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Stunning... Highly original... Outstanding. --Spectator
A sprawling and fascinating dissection of the role autism has played in shaping human history. --The Daily Telegraph
NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman explores in fascinating, near-encyclopaedic depth how autism has evolved. It's a gripping narrative written with journalistic verve. --The Observer
Whatever the future of autism...Mr Silberman has surely written the definitive book about its past. --The Economist
Ambitious, meticulous and largehearted... NeuroTribes is beautifully told, humanizing, important. --New York Times
Silberman's sweeping history is always sensitive and builds a persuasive argument. --New Scientist
A rich amalgam of social history and contemporary reportage. --Ian Thomson, Financial Times
Silberman digs deep into the history of medicine to find out why so much confusion has surrounded the diagnosis of autism for so long. --Guardian
Silberman is a skilled storyteller... [He] researches with scientific rigour... A powerful voice: NeuroTribes offers keen insight. --New Statesman
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, author of Look Me in the Eye
A comprehensive history of the science and culture surrounding autism studies... An essential resource. --Nature magazine
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. --San Francisco Chronicle
Breathtaking... As emotionally resonant as any [book] this year. --The Boston Globe
It's a readable, engaging story. But it's also a serious political and sociological critique, couched in a 500-page-long piece of original historical scholarship. --Salon
Stunning...a remarkable narrative...one of the most fascinating accounts of autism I have ever read. --Simon Baron-Cohen, The Lancet
Nothing short of a revelation... Sweeping and lovingly detailed. --Parent.co
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
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
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

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Winner of the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, this Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding and full participation in society for people who think differently.

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Very, very good book. I found it totally gripping, a page turner, which is odd for a non fiction book. The story of Autism/Apergers is told sensitively and with reference to it's wider historical context. I learned things I didn't know in history I thought I was familiar with and appreciated aspects that I'd not before. At times I was moved to tears and in other places dazzled by the romps into how popular culture, indeed even the web and telecoms we take for granted has been shaped. In my humble opinion, this is a masterpreice of writing, it well deserves it's awards and I was left with the feeling that it has been something of a labour of love for Silberman. Even if one isn't particularly drawn to the core subject, it has much needed messages about how to accomodate and handle the differences we all have from each other. Much needed in this busy, sometimes chaotic world. I can't recommend it enough.
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Buy without hesitation - some fantastic quotes in. A thought provoking and insightful read and a must have for anyone with a passion or interest in autism.
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A fascinating overview of the history of autism since it was first 'named', with much attention being paid to the different emphases and agendas of Kanner and Asperger. Some of it makes for troubling reading – some earlier 20C attempts at "treatment" read as downright abusive – but it ends on a positive note, with encouraging coverage of autistic people as activists and advocates.
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One of the most informative on the struggles and progressions of autism
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Very interesting with some conjecture about historical figures but also good fact checked claims
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A detailed and fascinating look at the history of autism and the changing attitudes towards it across the centuries. Thoroughly researched and well presented.
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Didn't get as far as reading it...the cover was faulty. It didn't cover the front page, appearing to have been cut too short!
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I haven't finished the book yet, I am about half way through. I am finding the history of autism very interesting.
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