Slushpile Reads: Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
- by John Biggs
A look at the complex – and dangerous – connection between drugs and the rise of the Third Reich.
Why We Love It:
This is a book that doesn’t explain the horrors of war but does explain the fuel that powered its engines. This book, written in a light, accessible style paints the Third Reich as a crazy and does not blame drug use on its horrors. Instead, drugs are the added catalyst for a country’s descent into madness.
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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.