Book ID: CBB528480075

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich (2017)


Ohler, Norman (Author)
Whiteside, Shaun (Translator)

Whiteside, Shaun
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 304
Language: English

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA fast-paced narrative that discovers a surprising perspective on World War II: Nazi Germany’s all-consuming reliance on drugs The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. But as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs. On the eve of World War II, Germany was a pharmaceutical powerhouse, and companies such as Merck and Bayer cooked up cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, to be consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to millions of German soldiers. In fact, troops regularly took rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to explain certain German military victories.Drugs seeped all the way up to the Nazi high command and, especially, to Hitler himself. Over the course of the war, Hitler became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—including a form of heroin—administered by his personal doctor. While drugs alone cannot explain the Nazis’ toxic racial theories or the events of World War II, Ohler’s investigation makes an overwhelming case that, if drugs are not taken into account, our understanding of the Third Reich is fundamentally incomplete.Carefully researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.

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Review Dennis Worthen (2018) Review of "Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich". Pharmacy in History (pp. 44-45). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kaufmann, Doris
Epple, Moritz
Harwood, Jonathan H.
Szöllösi-Janze, Margit
Herf, Jeffrey C.
Heim, Susanne
History and Technology
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Würzburger Medizinhistorische Mitteilungen
Science in Context
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
History of Psychology
Wallstein Verlag
Oxford University Press
European Association of Urology
Rowman & Littlefield
World War II
National Socialism
Medicine and ethics
Rüdin, Ernst
Borel, Felix Édouard Émile
Saethre, Haakon
Ehrlich, Paul
Einstein, Albert
Asperger, Hans
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
21st century
United States
Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften
Académie des Sciences, Paris
Luftwaffe (Germany)

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