Ever wondered what a powerful country in the midst of a meth epidemic might look like under fascist leadership?
Turns out there’s precedent, and it’s not pretty. According to an eye-opening book published in the U.S. this month, meth addiction quite literally gave us history’s greatest industrial menace: the Nazi war machine. It even got the teetotal Hitler in its grip during World War II.
The book by German historian and journalist Norman Ohler is called Blitzed, and 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. Read more…