Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich. Author Norman Ohler explains that Hitler did have a secret, but it wasn’t a weapon. Instead, it was a mix of cocaine and opioids that he had become increasingly dependent upon. “Hitler needed those highs to substitute [for] his natural charisma, which he had lost in the course of the war,” Ohler says. Amazon, $17.
How We’ll Live On Mars Petranek believes that humans could be on Mars soon: the scenario he lays out in the book’s opening pages has the first human expedition landing on Mars in 2027. That expedition, he believes, will not be carried out by NASA or other nations’ space agencies. In this exciting chronicle, Petranek introduces the circus of lively characters all engaged in a dramatic effort to be the first to settle the Red Planet. How We’ll Live on Mars brings firsthand reporting, interviews with key participants, and extensive research to bear on the question of how we can expect to see life on Mars within the next twenty years. Amazon, $10.