THIS WAR by Thomas Mann
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No one can pack such a punch into a few pages as this greatest of world philosophers, self-exiled from the country which gave him birth. His is an invective through undertones of satire and irony; it is a stirring polemic, which does not hesitate to reveal a deep-rooted anger. He is liberal with his scathing criticisms of the leaders of Germany and the state to which they have brought the world and their own people. He recognizes the bondage of fear and the fire of enthusiasm which together bind the Germans to Hitler and his gang, but he recognizes the falsity of the premises and the viciousness of the methods. His plea is for an ultimate Constitution of Europe, with mutual sacrifice, and he expresses his faith that still, under it all, there is an abiding soundness in the German people, which will ultimately recognize that a great upheaval is essential. While accepting the terror of a German victory, he sees it only as a passing phase, which cannot withstand rebellion and hatred within the conquered nations. Companion volume to This Peace.

Publisher: Knopf