Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs — New Book by Peter Andreas

January 8, 2020

Professor Peter Andreas recently released a new book titled, Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs. His work details the psychoactive and addictive drugs used throughout historical wars. Organized into six chapters, the book touches upon alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, opium, speed and cocaine, while also shedding light on the relationship between these substances and combat. 

Additional news coverage includes:

A History of War in Six Drugs - The New York Times

How Methamphetamine Became a Key Part of Nazi Military Strategy - TIME

The World War II Wonder Drug That Never Left Japan - Zocalo Public Square

The untold story of how booze soaked the battlefields of World War II - Task and Purpose

War and Drugs: Together Since Forever - Knowable Magazine

'Killer High': Mind-altering substances were key to wars throughout U.S. history - KCRW