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Blitzed: drugs in the Third Reich

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A 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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subject_facetDrugs -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Hitler, Adolf, -- 1889-1945 -- Drug use
Nazis -- Drug use
Pharmaceutical industry -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Soldiers -- Drug use -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany
title_displayBlitzed : drugs in the Third Reich
title_fullBlitzed : drugs in the Third Reich / Norman Ohler ; translated by Shaun Whiteside
Blitzed Drugs in the Third Reich
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Drugs
History
Hitler, Adolf
Military
Nazis
Nonfiction
Pharmaceutical industry
Soldiers
World War, 1939-1945