Hell's Cartel

Hell's Cartel : IG Farben and the Making of Hitler's War Machine

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In 1925, in the aftermath of World War One and the vengeful Treaty of Versailles, six of Germany's leading chemical companies banded together in a cartel to protect their business from increasing international competition. The merger succeeded beyond their wildest dreams and within a few years I. G. Farben, as the cartel was named, dominated the lucrative global chemical business. Yet twenty years later the directors found themselves on trial in the same Nuremberg courtroom that had decided the fates of the surviving leaders of the Third Reich. They were accused, in the words of the prosecutor, Telford Taylor, of being: 'the men who made war possible the magicians who made the fantasies of Mein Kampf come true.' How had one of the world's leading companies, whose scientists had won Nobel prizes, pioneered aspirin and a host of other essential drugs, and whose knowledge and expertise were the envy of the world, fallen from the heights of such success to become Hitler's creature, directly involved in the Holocaust with their experimental I. G. Monowitz plant at Auschwitz? In this brilliantly researched and compelling book, Diarmuid Jeffreys shines a bright light on I. G. Farben's Faustian pact with the Third Reich to reveal the detailed story of the original military-industrial complex.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 703.06g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747580928
  • 9780747580928

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PRAISE FOR 'ASPIRIN' 'Blends politics, big business, social and medical history, greed incredible dedication and human folly in a lively page-turner' Irish Times 'Fascinating ... Aspirin appears to be one of the most successful drugs ever discovered. Thanks to the work of all the scientists so deservedly recalled in this book, it is also extremely cheap ... perhaps there is something in the notion of providence after all' Sunday Telegraph 'Jeffreys gets the balance just right... His style is enjoyable, the book is a triumph' Popular Scienceshow more

About Diarmuid Jeffreys

Diarmuid Jeffreys is a writer, journalist and television producer who has made current affairs and documentary programmes for BBC TV, Channel 4 and others, including Newsnight and the Money Programme. He is also the author of The Bureau: Inside the Modern FBI (1996) and Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug (2004). He lives with his wife and children near Lewes, East Sussex.show more

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