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“We Have Much to Talk About”

On Friday night, I appeared on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France. It was an excellent opportunity to tell people about my new book. But the most exciting part wasn’t being on air–it was meeting Jean-David Levitte, the French ambassador to the United States, in the green room after my taping. He was at the Fox studio in DC to appear on a different show, so bumping into him was just a coincidence. Fortunately, I had a spare copy of Our Oldest Enemy in my bag, and I gave it to him. The ambassador looked at the cover for a moment and said, “We have much to talk about.” So I gave him my card and said, “Call me and we’ll talk.” I hope he takes me up on it–maybe over a glass of California wine–and if he does, I’ll let NRO readers know what he says.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.