MixedThe Financial TimesOhler has a habit of pushing things too far, eschewing nuance for headlines. He proclaims Pervitin the 'favourite drug' of Germans, when it was only briefly available over the counter. He proclaims Germany a 'land of drugs,' when hard drugs were endemic elsewhere, too ... There are some memorable passages here, as well as some jarring ones, where Ohler appears to mix fact and fiction: several highly cinematic scenes — complete with close-ups of Hitler’s pale face and body — are not fully referenced ... The story of the 'fat doctor' (as Ohler dubs Dr Morrell) is based on some diligent research. But it is buried beneath the breathless prose, like other interesting aspects of the book. Again and again, Ohler’s hyperbole stands in the way of sober understanding.