Top critical review
Cannot understand the hype
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
I am shocked at how many five and four star reviews this book has received. As a parent of a child with Autism (level I) I was told that this is a MUST read. I bought it and was excited to understand my daughter better. I have to say that it is not only poorly written, it is dangerously uninformed. Temple Grandin is not an autism expert. She is a Temple Grandin expert. Which would be great if she was writing a memoir but she includes a lot of "information" about autsim that is wholly speculative. She intersperses some scientific findings with sentences that begin "I have observed" far too often. She discusses mercury in vaccines as if it was proven to damage children's brains when, in fact, the scientific research on this topic has clearly shown absolutely no deleterious effects. I am a pediatrician and if I am going to read a book that professes to generalize about a disorder, I'd like to see references and studies and how the scientific community has interpreted those results, not a book of conjecture and assumptions. I had to give up about a third of the way through. In addition to the hypothesized based statements, I felt it was rambling and hard to follow. I don't feel that just because Temple Grandin has autism that she is an expert on the topic. She may have spoken to a lot of people that have come to see her speak but that does not constitute a scientific study.