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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 listenable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.

©2017 Norman Ohler (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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The best "Gotterdammerung" book I have ever read.

I am a 70 year-old physician, specializing in addiction medicine, and still practicing. SUPERB BOOK.

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  • Adam
  • Crown Point, IN, United States
  • 11-13-17

Eye opening exposure to German drug use in WW2

A really fascinating look into the drug regimens and cocktails that were being administered to both the average foot soldier and to Hitler himself. It certainly doesn't make any excuse for their actions but it gives the reader some insight as to why certain decisions/actions were taken by the Germans. I definitely recommend it!
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Story and narrator seamlessly create a great listen.

Both the story and the choice in narrator help to create a vivid description of drug use in WW2. Would definitely recommend anyone listen to this if you want to more about the drug use of wartime.

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Exemplary dissection of third Reich command.

They were all tweaking. That on top of an opportunist, obedient culture that struggled to recover from the decadence and aimlessness of the 20s, and the despicable character even while initially sober of their leadership. Without presenting any of these findings as an excuse or relativation this work presents a thoroughly plausible view and weaves a solid time-line that ended in the most horrifying events mankind ever managed to implement thus far. Madness, hubris and false grandeur reached critical mass and subsequent melt-down once paired with narcotics abuse. A lesson for mankind hopefully.

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Unreal

Incredible look into the reality of Hitler's regime and the driving force behind the aggressive push behind the Blitzkrieg. What might have been if it weren't for effects of drugs on Hitler... he effectively defeated himself.

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  • Rosemary
  • Greenwich, CT, United States
  • 08-08-17

Very interesting new history of the Nazis

This book explains the incredible swift success of the early invasions by a hyped up drugged to the gills Nazi army.
It also reveals convincingly Hitler and his high command's gradual addiction to cocaine and crystal meth, available over the counter in wartime Germany. A bit overlong and over detailed. Extremely well read aloud.

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Accurate and a well written historical account of the role pharma industry played in recent German history

A very entertaining well written and concise listen. I feel that this book should have been written years ago and would be just as relevant and critically acclaimed, but the cultural acceptance of Breaking Bad and breaking the methamphetamine-taboo may have made its recent publication a more commercially attractive decision. It was a wonderful blend of history, chemistry and a lesson to future warlords who desire battlefield success: leave the amphetamine to hyperactive children, depressed housewives from the 1950s, & Mexican superlabs. for all my fellow scientists and chemists out there: Who else suspects that pervitin was racemic dextro- and levo-methamphetamine. What most clinicians don't know is that dextro-methamphetamine is safer and has less norepinephrine related cardiac stress/systemic sympathetic activation compared to racemic amphetamine, but because of its less than kosher reputation, society is okay prescribing ADHD patients the many times more toxic racemic amphetamine salts otherwise known as Adderall. Mostly because the original meth patents had long expired and only proprietary amphetamine mixtures were available to be patented. Bottom line: not only did the nazis make things like jackboots, swastikas, prussia

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You'll never look at the nazis or the war the same

Coming up in a society that condemns drug use (or pretends to) and crafts drug laws to persecute certain groups and cultures, it was enlightening to read historical accounts of blatant drug abuse at the highest level of government.
The juxtapositions between the propaganda used by the nazis to associate drug use with the Jews and modern American attempts to weed out black influence in the American ecosystem by condemning them as drug fueled savages is astounding.
Everyone should read this book to get a clearer view on the relationship between governments and people. As a citizen in a free country, one is entitled to understand the manipulation tactics corrupt governments will instill to ensure that their narrative is the only narrative and how the use of drugs isn't criminalized for our safety but to protect the narrative by making it difficult to acquire substances that allow one to think differently.
Also who knew Hitler was such a frigging mess?

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I'm no history buff

I'm a very, very casual historian, but this was very good. I work in the medical field, so I think that played a roll in my enjoyment of the book. In any case, I loved it and am going to recommend it to my family and friends.

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  • Long Beach, CA
  • 06-16-17

Nazi Vice

I am pretty sure this is the most intimate depiction of the SS well ever see. The comprehensive research, shrewd insights and details discerned from the good (Dr. Morrell aka Feelgood ) are certainly compelling and consistent with what we know about personality disorders, addiction and Nazis today. A fascinating perspective well delivered by the irreverent narrator, Blitzed is striking and latent achievement that wields considerable evidence and veracity about what was really going on with the furor.