The Vampire Economy is a study of the actual workings of business under National Socialism. Written in 1939, Günter Reimann's work discusses the effects of heavy regulation, inflation, price controls, trade interference, national economic planning, and attacks on private property, and their impact on human rights and economic development.
This is a subject rarely discussed, for as much as the Left hated their social and cultural agenda, the Nazi economic agenda fit straight into a pattern of statism that had previously emerged under left-liberal guidance in Europe and the United States.
This book makes for alarming reading, as one discovers the extent to which the Nazi economic agenda of totalitarian control — without the final abolition of private property — has become the norm today. Though the author was by no means an Austrian economist, his study provides historical understanding and a frightening look at the consequences of state economic management.