Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: Jason Heller's "Taft 2012"

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (January 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594745501
ISBN-13: 978-1594745508
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
ARC Courtesy Of:  Eric @ Quirk Books 
(no charge to me in exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis From The Back Cover:


     He is the perfect presidential candidate.  Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé . Liberals love his peaceful, progressive practicality.  The media can't get enough of his larger-than-life personality.  And all the American people love that he's an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is.
    There's just one problem.  He is William Howard Taft...and he was already president a hundred years ago.  So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?

     A most extraordinary satire, Jason Heller's debut novel follows the strange new life of a presidential Rip Van Winkle:  a man who never ever wanted the White House in the first place, yet finds himself hurtling toward it once more--this time, through the media-fueled madness of 21st-century America.

Saph's Review:

I'm going to start right off and admit that I don't really get involved in politics.  I'm currently enrolled in an Introduction to U.S. government class in college but that doesn't make me political in any sense of the word.  However, the information provided by the Publisher of Taft 2012 piqued my interest in this novel.

William H. Taft.....The 27th president of the United States with a tenure from 1909 - 1913.  He suddenly disappears on the day he is supposed to hand over the reigns to Woodrow Wilson.  Fast forward to 2011.  It seems that Taft pulled a Rip Van Winkle and has conveniently awaken in an election year.

It was interesting for me to see a character from the early 1900's try to integrate in today's society.  I think Heller pulled it off pretty well.  I liked the fact that Heller was able to connect Taft with his great granddaughter so at least he had a family member around--even if they didn't know each other.  Taft also became friends with the Secret Service agent that shot him in the beginning of the book.  

Being that we are in an election year this book is a perfect read for anyone who wants a fresh (although mostly fictional) look at politics.  There is humor around every corner--what do you expect?  We have a former president that served our country as such 100 years ago that is in there here-and-nows of 2011/2012. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and politics have changed dramatically since he ruled the White House roost.

You can go to and read all about the candidate and more about the book.

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