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

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The remarkable rise and shameful fall of one of the twentieth century's greatest conglomerates

At its peak in the 1930s, the German chemical conglomerate IG Farben was one of the most powerful corporations in the world. To this day, companies formerly part of the Farben cartel—the aspirin-maker Bayer, the graphics supplier Agfa, the plastics giant BASF—continue to play key
ebook, 496 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Metropolitan Books (first published 2008)
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Mal Warwick
Who was really responsible for Hitler and World War II?

In 1965, just twenty years after the collapse of the Nazi regime, I visited Auschwitz. Even though that was nearly half a century ago, my memory of that shattering experience remains vivid: the mountains of human hair, eyeglasses, and gold dental fillings; the photographs of skeletal prisoners staring glassy-eyed from bunk beds crowded together in darkness; the route from the trains to the barracks to the ovens followed by more than one mill
Kornelis Sietsma
Fascinating subject - this book is all about IG Farben - a cartel of German chemical companies that was a solid backer of the Holocaust.

It traces them all the way from their roots in the 18th century, where the new discovery of synthetic dyes kicked off an "arms race" - first with ways to make new dye colours, and over time a whole range of other new chemicals - Asprin, Heroin, Nitrogen-based fertilisers, synthetic rubber and synthetic fuels.

It's fascinatin
A little dry at times, occasionally lapsing in focus or pace, but overall an interesting and valuable piece, both for its specific focus on Germany's rise to dominance of synthetic chemistry, and for a relatively objective depiction of the ease with which entrenched economic interests and partisan political ones may become entwined. Not for readers who want to see sticks poked at particular people, or "big business" per se harangued, or even just to get lost in intracompany intrigue (I'd have li ...more
This is an excellent book about a part of WWII and the rise of the Nazi Party that many people are not familiar with. I was not aware of what IG FARBEN was before reading this book, and it is incredible to me that a group of people that contributed so much to the atrocities in WWII, are unknown to most of the world. Jeffreys follows the history and rise of various Chemical companies and shows how through war and politics, they become intertwined with Hitler and his plans. It is well written and ...more
Although most people have heard of Auschwitz and Birkenau, the story of the associated factories that employed the available slave labor from these camps has been less documented. This excellent book describes the origins of the IG Farben cartel of pharmaceutical companies that emerged in Germany in the early 20 th century and made its fortunes partly by benefiting from war. The story of the individuals who collaborated with the Nazi leadership to promote success in WW2 is disturbing not just fo ...more
As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I read this book with profound interest. Jeffreys does a superb job of tracing the history of the companies that would become I.G. Farben and explaining how that corporate coloussus became so intwined with the Nazi war machine and the perpetuation of Hitler's "Final Solution."

I would have given the book at least one more star had Jeffreys had devoted more space than he did to the prosecution and trial of the I.G. Farben executives. But, an emtire book could b
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Great book with a different angle about Hitler's Germany (both pre, during and post WWII). Veers into the mundane in some spots, but is a great overall history read. Jeffreys is at his best when linking German chemical giant IGFarben with the Holocaust. Warning: the first few chapters are more of a drab lesson in the German chemical and dyestuffs industry, complete with chemistry equations.
Great book... lot of information. I can't imagine a more thorough book on the history of I.G. Farben and the companies that were part of it. Clearly a lot of research went into this book, but beyond research, it is clear that Jeffreys KNOWS this story very well.
Very interesting historical narrative of how a set of independent German Dy Makers eventually came to form one giant conglomerate that would be the industrial backbone of the Nazi Regime's War efforts in WW2.
Jack D
I enjoyed the in-depth background history of the chemical industry; not just Europe but North and South America as well. A different historical perspective on WW 1 and 2.
Albert Rugo
Fascinating read, you won't ever look at an aspirin the same way again.
JoHnny Haddo
big business drunk on the taste of innocent blood_
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