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  • Drugs in Nazi Germany
  • By: Norman Ohler, Shaun Whiteside - translator
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 128
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    5 out of 5 stars 113
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    5 out of 5 stars 114

The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler's gripping best seller 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new perspective

  • By Adam Webb on 25-03-2018

great - very interesting but has slight flaws..

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Reviewed: 03-04-2018

very interesting book and highly recommended. my only issues with the book are the authors opinions, explanations/descriptions and representations of certain drugs in the book and their effects. I'm a recovering heroin / speedball addict with, unfortunately, a lot of experience in the chemicals covered in the book.for example the authors description of oxycodone's (eucadol (sp?)) effects seem very naive and are, frankly, incorrect. it, compared to high quality heroin, is actually not particularly strong when injected and in no way could be considered stronger, more addictive, "harder" or as some kind of wonder drug, in my opinion. it is just another opiate, it does have specific effects that are useful for treatment of pain (it doesn't cause the same drowsiness that some others opiates do) but it is certainly not some kind of one-drug magical speedball and has none of the same uniquely powerful effects that a "true" (whatever that really means) speedball has - i.e. a mixture of heroin and either cocaine or methamphetamine has upon injection. I've personally injected oxycodone and meth many times and it is very different than injecting oxycodone on its own. oxy is just a relatively strong opiate eith fewer side effects (including causing less drowsiness, nausea and itchiness) than morphine, and could be considered approximately equal in strength with morphine (which, medically speaking at least, is considered the "gold standard" of opiate painkillers that other opiate painkillers are measured against). also the authors description of and elaboration on the other drugs in the book seems naive and the opinion of someone who has not had any experience with "hard" drugs, other than what he's gleaned from reading about them (and imo most non-fiction concerning "drug facts" seems like it's about 20+ years behind current research and experience, and in no way represents my own experiences). finally the author appears to have little experience with drug addiction, im not saying he's got the wrong end of the stick necessarily - im just saying I don't agree with some of what he says, however he does have some interesting ideas. he should read some of gabor mate's books on addiction (highly recommended, at least from this addict's point of view!!) other than the above griping I thought this was a very fascinating and well thought out and presented book, and I think it breaks new ground on the downfall of the Nazis and Hitler in particular. sorry for all the () and -'s guys - also hopefully this doesn't come across as promoting drug use, which I am certainly not trying to do :)

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  • The Heroin Diaries: 10 Year Anniversary Edition

  • A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star
  • By: Nikki Sixx
  • Narrated by: Nikki Sixx, Sophie Kargman, Ross Marquand
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48
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    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

In honor of the 10-year anniversary of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx’s definitive and bestselling memoir on drug addiction is now available on audio for the first time, read by Nikki Sixx! This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki’s yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by 20 percent in the past year alone, Nikki’s story is now more relevant than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Anonymous User on 26-01-2018

interesting listen for those in active addiction..

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Reviewed: 12-01-2018

as a struggling heroin/speedball addict in and out of recovery I found the book interesting, inspirational and yet also triggering - it reminded me of what I need to do in terms of seeking and asking for help and keeping up with regular attendance and work in NA (narcotics anonymous), and the importance of honesty - both within myself and with the ppl in my life, esp my family and the recovering addicts within NA. Yet it also made me yearn for the rush of shooting speedballs and the sick fascination and purpose found in all consuming hard drug abuse. And so while having shot up a few big speedballs over the last 2 days I've also reattended NA and plan to throw myself back into step work and speak honestly with my sponsor once I run out of drugs and money tomorrow.

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