“You have to be very mean to get a laugh on the campaign trail… where speed freaks, work addicts and obsessive-compulsive political junkies are ripped to the tits for thirteen straight months on their own adrenaline and swollen more and more each day with the kind of hubris that comes when you try to cross Innocence and Ambition all at once…” – Hunter S Thompson – ‘Better Than Sex’
In late 2007, two young Brits – the Guardian and New Statesman music writer Dan Hancox and Eagle Award-winning comic artist Tom Humberstone – got together to tell the story of the people who would choose the next President of the United States, embarking on a 9000-mile roadtrip through the USA’s highways and backwoods during the white-hot intensity of the Presidential primary season.
While the real journalists were at press conferences or chained to their desks Hancox and Humberstone were out there covering the election on the ground, at caucuses, bars, diners and on ill-lit street corners. They dodged crop dusters and tumbleweed, met vampires, veterans, POWs, Katrina survivors, religious fanatics, minor candidates and Chelsea Clinton, and embraced voters of all persuasions across 24 states in seven weeks.
Their blog became one of the hits of the primary season, picking up plaudits from The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Dazed&Confused, and leading political bloggers like Iain Dale. They’ve featured in The Times’ satirical podcast The Bugle, the Harvard magazine about sexuality and gender, Harvard H-Bomb, and been interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live.
Now they present My Fellow Americans the book, their journey to the heart of American politics, containing the very best of their first-hand reports and live sketches from the campaign trail, as well as lots of exclusive new material. Forget wayward opinion polls and so-called expert pundits, YouTube debates and spin doctors, this election is about the American people, and My Fellow Americans is not only the first book published about this election: it’s the only one telling their story.