Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi GermanyDe (autor) Norman Ohler Traducere de Shaun Whiteside
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 04 May 2017
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
'The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life' Dan Snow
'A huge contribution... remarkable' Antony Beevor, BBC RADIO 4
'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.
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.
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
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
A revelatory work that considers Hitler's career in a new light. 'Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich' is that rare sort of book whose remarkable insight focuses on a subject that's been overlooked, even disregarded by historians
Blitzed is a fascinating read that provides a new facet to our understanding of the Third Reich
It's as breezy and darkly humorous as its title. But don't be fooled by the gallows humor of chapter names like 'Sieg High' and 'High Hitler': This is a serious and original work of scholarship that dropped jaws around Europe when it was published there last year
A juicier story would be hard to find
Delightfully nuts, in a 'Gravity's Rainbow' kind of way.
Transforming meticulous research into compelling prose, Ohler delves into the little-known history of drug use in Nazi Germany
[A] fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich