(CNSNews.com) - Around 1,500 people braved a cold, snowy Saturday in Huntington, N.Y., to wait in line to meet author and radio host Mark Levin and buy a signed copy of his new book, "Ameritopia," which premiered last week at the top of the Amazon best sellers list.
In the book, Levin compares the big-government Utopian political philosophies of Thomas Hobbes, Karl Marx and others with the philosophy of natural law and individual liberty that was articulated by John Locke and embraced by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Levin argues in "Ameritopia" that modern American liberals, including President Barack Obama, are among the latest to embrace a Utopian vision that seeks sweeping government control over people's lives.
On Saturday, Levin appeared at Book Revue, an independent, family-owned bookstore on Long Island.
Richard Klein, co-owner of Book Revue, told CNSNews.com, it was a "very cordial crowd” who lined up in the cold. They wer “very easy to deal with," he said.
"You know, when you have that number of people, and we probably had about 1,500 ... a lot of them had to wait outside in the snow."
Klein said with a crowd that size, "You usually get at least a few people who are difficult, but we really didn't have any. We had a very nice group. They were understanding of the circumstances, and yeah, they were very easy to deal with and very pleasant."
"That’s because we’re conservatives, that’s what we do," Levin said on his radio show Monday night. "We practice what we preach.”
As for the number of books sold, Klein said it's best to wait a week for the actual count, since Levin signed extra copies that are expected to sell shortly.
"We get emails from around the country, and in this case, we get many, many emails from around the country, and we also got a lot of phone calls from people who couldn’t attend because of the weather who wanted to come," he said.
On Saturday, Klein says his store sold around 900 books, and it expects the final tally of signed copies to reach 1,300 in the days ahead -- "which is very good," he added.
Levin discussed the Huntington book-signing on his radio talk show Monday, saying he expected only a few hundred people to show up:
"I signed a boatload of books for people who were just wonderful," Levin said. "You should have seen the group, a diverse group, no matter how you look at the group. Tall people, short people. Women, men. Straight people, gay people. Black, brown, red, yellow, white, polka-dot--everybody."
Levin thanked everyone who turned out.
In what has proved to be a very difficult era for book stores, family-owned Book Revue has expanded five times since its founding in 1977. It now covers 17,500 square feet and is one of the largest independent bookstores in the country.