Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

 Image description: Cover of the book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman. There is an illustration of butterflies and birds clustered around branches of leaves.

Author: Steve Silberman

Publisher: Avery (reprint edition Aug. 23, 2016)

List price: $19

Summary: What is autism? 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.