Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

Version: Unabridged
Author: Steve Silberman
Narrator: William Hughes
Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2015
# of Units: 16 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
Tell Your Friends:


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."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."

Reviews (2)


Written by Jamie H. on July 25th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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

Written by Brett Burgess on June 19th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Silberman, Steve

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.