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IG Farben

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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Published 1947 by Boni & Gaer
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Nick
Jan 14, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-history, ww2
One of the best books of WWII history I've read. I find near history (historical accounts written shortly after the event) to have cutting insight into the events reported. IG Farben does not disappoint. Richard Sasuly's account of the economic warfare waged by German big business years, decades before the first shots were fired is unique in WWII history. Examining the actions of IG Farben and their cartels Sasuly documents how Germany guaranteed it's petrol survivability in the next war (WWII) ...more
Conrad
Apr 09, 2007 Conrad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
One of the major sources for Gravity's Rainbow, IG Farben is a nifty early work of corporate history that uncovers the nastiness that Farben was up to well before WWII. Most notably, they waited for occurrences of blood poisoning to peak after WWI and sold off the patent for a cure while demand was highest, allowing millions to die in the meantime so that they could maximize their profits. By the time World War Two came around, they were even worse.

Pretty terrifying, and worth reading even if y
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Matěj Bregant
Sep 09, 2016 Matěj Bregant rated it really liked it
It is an interesting look into what was once an empire of commerce which cut every corner it could in order to maximize profits and was heavily involved with Adolf Hitler and the whole Third Reich machinery. I am not sure if Sasuly accented the efforts of the Soviets in disassembling IG or if the translator made that up, along with adding some other things, like the critique of capitalism. I have a Czech translation from the late 1940s or early 50s and the marxist-leninist leaning in the text is ...more
Max Nemtsov
Jan 20, 2010 Max Nemtsov rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ru-versions
A censored Russian translation of the original, but the speed of the Soviet publication is amazing (the original - 1947, this edition - 1948). To the best of my knowledge, it has never been re-printed.
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