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The country has been swallowed by the Great Depression 2.0, complete with apple-sellers and Bruce Springsteen singing Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime on the radio. The Republican incumbent—battling his high–living wife, a populist opponent, and the accurate perception that he's rich and removed—has no choice but to follow his handlers' advice: cross the country incognito, living and working among his people for twelve days in a desperate bid to seem attuned to their plight. With secret cameras rolling and his bickering speechwriters composing his diary, he sets off on a trip that will defy the best–laid plans of K Street's finest. Repackaging a candidate and his family has never been so challenging—or painfully funny. From hobo jungles filled with middle management to sidewalks crowded with panhandling schtik-savants, He Walked Among Us is a wickedly gleeful romp across the country and its political landscape.
Argo-Navis; November 2012
- ISBN 9780786753918
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- Title: He Walked Among Us
- Author: Paul Fleischman
About The Author
Paul Fleischman's books for children and young adults have won the Newbery Medal (Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices), been among the finalists for the National Book Award (Breakout), and made him the United States' nominee for the 2012 International Hans Christian Andersen Award. Seedfolks, his account of a Cleveland community garden's first year, has been used in community reads across the country and is currently being adapted to the stage and screen. His fiction for adults has been published in The New Yorker. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA. For more, visit paulfleischman.net.