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Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany

De (autor) Traducere de Shaun Whiteside
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'Extremely interesting ... a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched' Ian Kershaw
'Bursting with interesting facts' Vice
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.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780241256992
ISBN-10: 0241256992
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 144 x 222 x 33 mm
Greutate: 0.50 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Allen Lane
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Norman Ohler was born in Zweibrücken in 1970. He is the author of three novels, Die Quotenmaschine (the world's first hypertext novel), Mitte and Stadt des Goldes as well as two novellas. He was co-writer of the script for Wim Wenders' film Palermo Shooting. He researched Blitzed in numerous archives across Germany and the United States.
Shaun Whiteside has translated widely in both French and German, including Sybille Steinbacher's Auschwitz: A History.


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German writer Norman Ohler's astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war .. Blitzed looks set to reframe the way certain aspects of the Third Reich will be viewed in the future
A huge contribution... remarkable
Blitzed is making me rethink everything I've ever seen and read about WWII. It emotionally and technically makes sense of previously unexplainable aspects of that war. It makes me want to revisit other books on it with the hindsight of knowing these newly exposed truths. It was terrific!
The picture he paints is both a powerful and an extreme one... gripping reading
Remarkable... energetic... retells the history of the war through the prism of the pill... it has an uncanny ability to disturb
Very good and extremely interesting - a serious piece of scholarship very well-researched
The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life
Norman Ohler has succeeded in a remarkable scoop, by studying in detail the notebooks of Hitler's personal doctor and demonstrating that Hitler was a far worse junkie than we had ever imagined. He has also unearthed the way that the German army did not march on its stomach, but on methamphetamine. The supposedly clean-living Nazis, who accused the Jews of corrupting German youth, were the real pushers. The book, written with delightful irony, is an eye-opener.
This book transforms the overall picture
Sensational
Bursting with interesting facts
Norman Ohler has written an illuminating account of the gobsmacking extent to which military strategy in the Third Reich relied on drugs. ... What you'll learn: Never trust a coked-up Nazi
A fascinating, most extraordinary revelation
The Nazis were all on drugs! So far, so sensationalist but German writer Norman Ohler's absorbing new non-fiction book, Blitzed, makes the convincing argument that the Nazis' use of chemical stimulants... played a crucial role in the successes, and failures, of the Third Reich
An audacious, compelling read
Enthralling
Bursting with interesting facts