Blitzed

  • by Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller 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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What the Critics Say

"Bursting with interesting facts." (Vice)
"Extremely interesting...a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched." (Ian Kershaw)

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A good read, interesting throughout

Although mainly concerned with Hitler's private physician the book still casts an interesting light on WWII and the Germany of the time and how the war of drugs was paralleled by Hitler himself.
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- Nadja

A suprisingly intersting single topic history

This book looks at the rise and fall of Nazi Germany through a single lens; that of drug use. This is probably not ideal if the reader / listener doesn't know anything else about the period, but if you already know some of the history, this book provides a fascinating extra dimension.
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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-11-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin AudioBooks