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Blitzed

Blitzed

2016 . History, Europe, Wars & Conflicts, Social Science, Criminology . Norman Ohler

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The sensational international bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich 'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow 'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs: cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops' resilience - even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Penguin UK

Pages:

368

ISBN:

0241256984 (ISBN13: 9780241256985)

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Jordan Brown

3 years ago

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Really enjoyed this! Cool little insight into a part of what drove hitler and the SS Wehrmacht.

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