After a lengthy sojourn overseas, I came back to The Hugh Hewitt Show to find that Hugh had decided to celebrate my return to his show by taking the day off. So Mark Larson guest-hosted and was kind enough to put in a plug for my new book:
MARK LARSON: Mark Steyn is back with us here, New York Times bestselling author. In fact, another new book coming out in just a couple of days on the 20th, officially, The [Un]documented Mark Steyn: Don't Say You Weren't Warned, and I've got to tell you, Mr. Steyn, the cover on, the Steyn photo here, looks extra intense. Did you know what was coming? Were you briefed earlier about the Ebola madness?
MARK STEYN: Well actually, now you mention it, I look slightly flushed. I have, as they say, on the cover of that book, 'Ebola-like symptoms'.
ML: You look a little feverish. Yeah, had you been on a plane?
MS: Yeah, I have a, like a kind of high color on that book. By the way, I don't believe that Ebola can be spread by reading my book.
ML: Well, that's good to know.
MS: But the way it's mutating, that's probably about two weeks away. But yeah, that comes out on Monday, and you can pick it up as easily as Ebola at all good bookstores.
Indeed you can. See below. After the Ebola shtick, we moved on to Ebola the global pandemic, and President Obama's curious response - from refusing to impose the same travel bans imposed by other nations (including other African countries) to his deployment of the US military:
MS: Obama has now dispatched, according to the Pentagon, 4,000 U.S. troops, who will be in West Africa dealing with this. The official death toll is 4,500. He's sending one American soldier…
ML: For every dead one.
MS: …for every fatality. Why?
We also beat MSNBC and the Daily Kos to exposing the truth behind Ebola:
ML: How can they, Mark Steyn, blame this on Bush? You know that's got to be there somewhere in the middle of this.
MS: Yeah, well, if they're clever, they'll figure out a way. I mean, the fact that this is all happening in Texas - they'll figure out that Patient Zero lives at a ranch in Crawford, and he's to blame for the whole global epidemic.
You can find the full interview here. I'll be back - and so hopefully will Hugh - for a one-hour special to mark the official publication day of The [Un]documented Mark Steyn, coast to coast on The Hugh Hewitt Show this Monday at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific.
And don't forget the book itself is widely available at all good stores. In the US, you can pick it up from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other retailers. In Canada, it's available at Indigo-Chapters, McNally-Robinson and major bookstores from Nanaimo to Nunavut. At Amazon Canada, it's already in the Politics Top Ten (although there's a lot more than just politics in the book).