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.


„Delightfully nuts, in a ‚Gravity’s Rainbow‘ kind of way.“ New Yorker

„Mordant humor. Exhaustively researched.“ New York Times

„A fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.“ Washington Post

„An astonishing account that changes what we know about the Second World War.“ The Guardian

Blitzed is a fascinating read that provides a new facet to our understanding of the Third Reich.“ Buzzfeed

„Transforming meticulous research into compelling prose, Ohler delves into the little-known history of drug use in Nazi Germany.“ Entertainment Weekly

„The book achieves something nearly impossible: It makes readers look at this well-trodden period in a new way and does it in a readable, inviting format.“ Newsweek

„It's as breezy and darkly humorous as its title. But don't be fooled by the gallows humor of chapter names like ‘Sieg High’ and ‘High Hitler’: This is a serious and original work of scholarship that dropped jaws around Europe when it was published there last year.“ Mashable

„A revelatory work that considers Hitler’s carer in a new light. Blitzed is that rare sort of book whose remarkable insight focuses on a subject that’s been overlooked, even disregarded by historians.“ San Francisco Chronicle

„A lively narrative recounting of the Nazi regime's deep involvement with a wide array of drugs during its 12-year existence . . . Ohler is an unfailingly engaging guide to all this sordid material.“ Christian Science Monitor

„It’s a brilliant book that doesn’t change the Third Reich history, but reflects it in a beautifully illuminating, irrevocable new way.“ NBC'S Weekend Today New York

„A juicier story would be hard to find.“ The Week

„[Ohler] brings storytelling vigor to an unexplored corner of Hitlerology… Mordant and casual even in translation, it’s easy to mainline (with a pinch of salt mixed in).“ Vulture, New York Magazine

„Ohler’s account makes us look at this densely studied period rather differently.“ The New York Review of Books

„Very good and extremely interesting … a serious piece of scholarship very well-researched.“ Ian Kershaw

„The most brilliant and fascinating book I have read in my entire life.“ Dan Snow

„A fascinating, most extraordinary revelation.“ BBC World News

„It explains a huge amount. A remarkable work of research. Antony Beevor

Blitzed tells a deliriously druggy tale of the Third Reich.“ The Paris Review

„Absorbing ... Makes the convincing argument that the Nazis' use of chemical stimulants ... played a crucial role in the successes, and failures, of the Third Reich.“ Esquire

„Bursting with interesting facts.“ Vice

„The picture [Ohler] paints is both a powerful and an extreme one ... Gripping reading.“ Times Literary Supplement

Blitzed is making me rethink everything I've ever seen and read about WWII. Terrific!“ Douglas Coupland