Drugs Book Club

  • December 22, 2021

Join in the discussion of Blitzed by Norman Ohler in DC on Wed., Dec. 29th, at 7 p.m.!


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. Carefully researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws surprising light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.

About Drugs Book Club: Led by Solid State staff, Drugs Book Club explores texts that consider the nature of society’s relationship with taboo substances. This club meets quarterly.

Hosted by Solid State Books, 600 H St., NE, Washington, DC. Click here for info.

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