Stewart had not only read the book but brought to it a considerable knowledge and appreciation of the history of this period.
"Michael Barone reminds us that low-minded politics can produce positive results for society" is the summary line for the interview on the website: an excellent point. Stewart is an impressively smart and learned man. I wasn't sure when I was writing it that I had the skill to write an exciting narrative. He said I had, which was tremendously encouraging. I hope other readers feel the same.
I was told that The Daily Show sells books. It certainly does: Our First Revolution was No. 79 on amazon.com this morning and No. 7 among history books. Thank you, Jon Stewart.
By Michael Barone