Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

By Norman Ohler
Translated by Shaun Whiteside
Directed by Claire Bloom
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

7.34 Hours 03/07/2017 unabridged
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A fast-paced history that uncovers the extent of drug use in Nazi Germany—from Hitler’s narcotics addiction to the drugs that fueled Germany’s military performance in World War II.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2017

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Incredible Books to Read This Spring

A New York Time Pick from Paperback Row

A fast-paced history that uncovers the extent of drug use in Nazi Germany—from Hitler’s narcotics addiction to the drugs that fueled Germany’s military performance in World War II.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Makes readers look at this well-trodden period in a new way and does it in a readable, inviting format.” Newsweek
“Despite the Nazis’ all-out war on drug use, virtually everyone, from housewives to the Führer, was drugged up. A low-dose methamphetamine comparable to crystal meth, Pervitin, became a go-to cure for everything from a flagging sex drive to depression and fueled many Nazi battlefield campaigns. Ohler’s account is full of rich character studies.” New York Times
“[A] fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.” Washington Post
“Explosive…Ohler describes the chemical ignition of the first assault on the Western front with a novelist’s flair.” Rolling Stone
“I had thought nothing could make [Nazis] more horrifying, but that was before I encountered Blitzed." Esquire
“Ohler’s astonishing account…looks set to reframe the way certain aspects of the Third Reich will be viewed in the future.” Guardian (London)
“A fascinating, most extraordinary revelation.” BBC World News
“The book is an impressive work of scholarship, with more than two dozen pages of footnotes and the blessing of esteemed World War Two historians…Ohler offers a compelling explanation for Hitler’s erratic behavior in the final years of the war, and how the biomedical landscape of the time affected the way history unfolded.” New Republic
“The picture [Ohler] paints is both a powerful and an extreme one…Gripping reading.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Tells a deliriously druggy tale of the Third Reich.” Paris Reviews
“A compelling piece of serious scholarship… that professional historians seem to have missed.” Military.com
“An intense chronicle of ‘systematic drug abuse’ in Nazi Germany…Written with dramatic flair…this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Norman Ohler

Norman Ohler is an award-winning German novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He spent five years researching Blitzed in numerous archives in Germany and the United States, and spoke to eyewitnesses, military historians, and doctors. He is also the author of the novels Die Quotenmaschine (the world’s first hypertext novel), Mitte, and Stadt des Goldes (translated into English as Ponte City). He was cowriter of the script for Wim Wenders’ film Palermo Shooting.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 7.34
Audience: Adult
Language: English