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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By James Carl Barsz, MD on 05-06-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracey Freiberg on 04-13-18

Another side of WWII history

Would you consider the audio edition of Blitzed to be better than the print version?

This narrator is great, and he did a really good job with pronunciation of names and terms from several languages (German, French, Russian, etc.). I did not read the print version, but my sister read the print version while I was listening and I think we got a different experience from the book. While I find it difficult to keep "characters" straight with audiobooks versus print, I think the listening brings the story a different quality.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wouldn't call him my favorite character, but Hitler was very entertaining. He was such a horrible hypocrite and this book paints that hypocrisy in a new light. It's also very relatable to today's issues surrounding opiod use.

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

He has a very deep voice that matches the menacing and down right despicable actions of the Nazis.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The alternate view of Hitler's psychosis and the Nazi actions in WWII

Any additional comments?

This is a fascinating story of not only big pharma mass producing extremely harmful products, but it gives another perspective of the level of manipulation by Nazi leaders in Germany during WWII.

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