Blitzed (audiobook)

Drugs in the Third Reich

Translated by Shaun Whiteside
Directed by Claire Bloom
7.3 hrs • 6 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 03/07/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 03/07/17 9781504799195
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 03/07/17 9781504799218
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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 readable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.

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“Makes readers look at this well-trodden period in a new way and does it in a readable, inviting format.”


“Explosive…Ohler describes the chemical ignition of the first assault on the Western front with a novelist’s flair.”

Rolling Stone

“I had thought nothing could make [Nazis] more horrifying, but that was before I encountered Blitzed."


“Ohler’s astonishing account…looks set to reframe the way certain aspects of the Third Reich will be viewed in the future.”

Guardian (London)

“A fascinating, most extraordinary revelation.”

BBC World News

“The book is an impressive work of scholarship, with more than two dozen pages of footnotes and the blessing of esteemed World War Two historians…Ohler offers a compelling explanation for Hitler’s erratic behavior in the final years of the war, and how the biomedical landscape of the time affected the way history unfolded.”

New Republic

“The picture [Ohler] paints is both a powerful and an extreme one…Gripping reading.”

Times Literary Supplement (London)

“Tells a deliriously druggy tale of the Third Reich.”

Paris Reviews

“A compelling piece of serious scholarship… that professional historians seem to have missed.”

“An intense chronicle of ‘systematic drug abuse’ in Nazi Germany…Written with dramatic flair…this book adds significantly to our understanding of the Third Reich.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)