Blitzed

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What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Blitzed by Norman Ohler, read by Jonathan Keeble.

The sensational German bestseller on the overwhelming role of drug-taking in the Third Reich, from Hitler to housewives.

‘Bursting with interesting facts’ Vice

‘Extremely interesting … a serious piece of scholarship, very well researched’ Ian Kershaw

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler’s gripping bestseller 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.

Critics Review

  • German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war .. Blitzed looks set to reframe the way certain aspects of the Third Reich will be viewed in the future

    Guardian
  • A huge contribution… remarkable

    BBC RADIO 4
  • The picture he paints is both a powerful and an extreme one… gripping reading

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Remarkable… energetic… retells the history of the war through the prism of the pill… it has an uncanny ability to disturb

    The Times
  • Very good and extremely interesting – a serious piece of scholarship very well-researched

    Ian Kershaw author of Hitler and To Hell and Back
  • The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life

    Dan Snow

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