Hell's Cartel

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

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In 1925, six of Germany's leading chemical companies banded together in a cartel to protect their business from increasing international competition. Twenty years later the directors found themselves on trial at Nuremberg, accused of being 'the magicians who made the fantasies of Mein Kampf come true.' How had one of the world's leading companies, whose knowledge and expertise were the envy of the world, 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 in shocking detail the story of the original military-industrial complex.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 285g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, ports.
  • 0747596557
  • 9780747596554
  • 670,454

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'An unputdownable narrative and forensically gripping investigation' Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin 'Behind the guns is always the money. Diarmud Jeffreys' perfectly detailed vivisection of the I. G. Farben companies during the Nazi era is both sensible and powerful - thus a pleasure to read - and exceptionally compelling' Alan Furst At last, a fresh and vibrant history - free from the taint of perpetrator sponsorship and corporate influence - that brilliantly chronicles the war monster I.G. Farben. Jeffreys's work will be consulted as a must for years to come' Edwin Black, author of Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaustshow 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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