This book takes a look at autism from its original identification last century to how autism is approached today. This is a good overview book for people who are directly impacted by autism (by a child’s diagnosis, for instance) or for those who want to know more about the behavioral traits that now affects a large minority of children here in the US.
I appreciated Silberman’s comprehensive look at autism as a subject. This isn’t a book that tells people how to react to certain behavioral situations; this isn’t an autism “how to.” Instead, this book helps put autism into context. I found both the historical information and the current information to be relevant. I highly recommend this book for just about anyone with even the slightest curiosity about autism and neurodiversity.