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

January 8, 2020

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs was recently named to the 2021 Lionel Gelber Prize Shortlist


Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs, by political scientist Peter Andreas, 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. 

Listen to an in-depth interview with Andreas on Watson's podcast Trending Globally. 

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

Trump's plan to label Mexico's cartels as terrorists ignores U.S. role in drug trade - The Washington Post

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs - Kirkus Review

Killer High: Examining the Centuries-Old Relationship Between Drugs and War - WUNC

For centuries, war and opium have been entwined in Asia - sometimes assisted by the U.S. - Post Magazine 

How World War II Got Japan and the U.S. Hooked on Amphetamines, 'The Ultimate Military Performance Enhancing Drug' - Post Magazine

Killer High: A Book Talk - C-SPAN

War, Prohibition and Narcotics – A Historical Look at Drug Policy - Insight Crime

“Killer High” Presents a Shocking History of How Drugs Have Shaped War - merryjane.com

Andreas Talks War and Drugs - The Heights (Boston College)

Drugs and Ammo - Reason

How Drugs Made American Warfare - The New Republic

Soviets drank vodka, Nazis used meth: How choice of drugs turned World War II outcome - The Week

Drugs and Warfare Go Back a Long Way - Association of the United States Army

Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs - ABC

The 2021 Lionel Gelber Prize Shortlist: Five Books in Contention for Prestigious Global Book Prize - PR Newswire