NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Written by:
Steve Silberman
Narrated by:
William Hughes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2015
18 hours 30 minutes
This 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.

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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Jamie H.

This book is excellent. And the narrator was, too.

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Lyndsay R.

This is a piece of work that should be in every household in every age group in every walk of life

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Dan V.

Honestly, it's a very interesting book to listen to, but if you are looking for any positive information on autism, there are other better books. This book would be much better titled as "The Dark History of Autism Research".

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Brett Burgess

As a parent of a child with ASD, I appreciated the fresh perspective on autism and what my daughter has to offer the world. The concept of neurodiversity was new to me, but offers some compelling hope for the future for families and those who have been diagnosed as "on the spectrum." The book was a little longish on historical details, but a definite must-read for anyone seeking to learn more about the truths, half-truths and outright fiction surrounding autism. Thank you to Steve for sharing his unique perspective.

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