• by Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator, Claire Bloom - director
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Mind altering literature.

William Burroughs recommended the consumption of weird information, even if it was disinformation. The purpose? To expand consciousness, to challenge the bounds of ones own reality.

If even half of what is said in this revisionist history is true, then the bounds of the reality of WWII have been expanded, indeed. But, even if this mad story of Nazis, meth, oxy and an Eight Miles High Hitler is just that, a mad story?

Its still one of the best WWII stories Ive ever read. Hits the brain like a drug. After reading Blitzed, with its disturbing revealtions about the Nazi roots of MKULTRA and the War On Drugs, you'll never think about the Nazis, or WWII the same, again.
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- Lola Clapton "Lil' Lola Blue"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.