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Thomas Mann’s War Against Hitler

In his important new book, Thomas Mann's War, the literary scholar Tobias Boes carefully scrutinizes Mann’s embrace of his leading role in America in battling Nazism.

Tobias Boes, Thomas Mann’s War: Literature, Politics, and the World Republic of Letters (Ithaca, New York and London: Cornell University Press, 2019), 376 pp., $34.95.

  • Jacob Heilbrunn
  • The National Interest

IN FEBRUARY 1938, Thomas Mann and his family sailed from Cherbourg, France to New York, where they were greeted by a throng of reporters and a film crew from the Paramount News Corporation.

Mann, who had…

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