When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain

History's Unknown Chapters

Book - 2016 | First U.S. edition
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Contents: Book I: When Hitler took cocaine. Part I: I never knew that about Hitler
Part II: Jeez, it's cold out there
Part III: Hell in Japan
Part IV: Ladies in disguise
Part V: Man's best friend
Part VI: Guilty until proven innocent
Part VII: Big-time adventure
Part VIII: I'm a celebrity
Part IX: Not enough sex
Book II: When Lenin lost his brain. Part I: When Lenin lost his brain
Part II: Just bad luck
Part III: Not quite normal
Part IV: Mein Führer
Part V: Get me out of here!
Part VI: O What a lovely war!
Part VII: Dial m for murder
Part VIII: The great escape
Part IX: A painful end
Publisher: New York, NY : Picador, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Branch Call Number: 909 M PBK
Characteristics: ix, 261 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781250078773
1250078776

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SkokieStaff_Steven Apr 18, 2018

Giles Milton’s “When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters” works well at what it is: a mildly diverting, easy to read survey of some 50 striking stories from history, mostly from the last few centuries. Despite the book’s subtitle, many of these stories such as... Read More »


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SkokieStaff_Steven Apr 18, 2018

Giles Milton’s “When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters” works well at what it is: a mildly diverting, easy to read survey of some 50 striking stories from history, mostly from the last few centuries. Despite the book’s subtitle, many of these stories such as the Lindbergh kidnapping would hardly be unknown to any student of history, and entire books or documentaries have been devoted to some of the episodes Milton covers in a few pages. Milton does seem to have a weakness for tales of extraordinary survival, especially if these involve cannibalism. I would recommend this book for nighttime reading or, as an audio, for drivers with short commutes as it is ideal for stop-and-start reading or listening.

JCLMaryanaK Mar 09, 2017

Milton's book is organized into short stories, some only a couple of pages long. Although most involve death and war, the author manages to keep them entertaining and fun. Good for a quick read and an unconventional lesson in world history.

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Aug 11, 2016

Many of these crazy stories could easily adapted by Hollywood as horror (Japanese female sliced off lover's penis as a memento or escaped prisoners killed each other for food), romance (British buy his wife in Ottoman slave auction during diplomatic hunting trip) or farce (crackpot doctor gives cocaine eye drops,meth drug & 200+ documented drugs to Hitler with unfortunate results to subordinates).

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