Congratulations to Mark Molesky, who has just secured tenure at Seton Hall, where he teaches history. Mark and I are old friends–we toiled side-by-side at the Michigan Review, back in the day–and co-authors of Our Oldest Enemy: A History of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France. We came up with the idea for the book in Ann Arbor, at a 20th-anniversary dinner for the Review. We hadn’t seen each other in years. Mark had gone to Harvard to pursue his Ph.D. and I had gone to Washington, D.C. to become an ink-stained wretch. The book took about a year to write and was published in 2004, in the shadow of a presidential election that featured George W. Bush and the French-looking John Kerry. Our Oldest Enemy has sold more copies than all of my other books combined, though I’m hoping this won’t be true for much longer. Rumors that Mark and I working on a sequel about Canada are false. Mark, who is fluent in Portuguese, is writing a book about the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which was kind of a big deal at the time.