Taft 2012

Taft 2012

A Novel

Book - 2012
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HE'S BACK.
AND HE'S THE BIGGEST THING IN POLITICS.

He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican r#65533;sum#65533;. 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 even 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.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594745508
Branch Call Number: FICTION HEL
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 20 cm.

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gsh7768
Nov 27, 2014

This is a book that I will re-read again. I will also look for other books by the same author.

pw1040 Jul 21, 2012

Quirky and a good premise. Left much to the imagination, that is, not a well filled out narrative. Basically a short story stretched out into a small book. Can be read in one weekend part time.

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KARENCHALMERS
May 29, 2012

Fun read, interesting view on US politics and modern life

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JimLoter
Mar 22, 2012

A high-concept political satire that imagines a 2012 presidential race after William Howard Taft inexplicably emerges from a 100-year hibernation. Taft's combination of progressive conservatism appeals to a politically polarized electorate and inspires the grass-roots "Taft Party" - an obvious nod to the Tea Party. The scenes of Taft's re-entry into the modern world are quickly dispatched with very little of the "OMG airplanes television cellphones Internet!" hoopla, which is welcomed. But the lack of development of supporting characters, multiple subplots that never develop, a brief and somewhat creepy digression into a road trip, and an underwhelming finale all disappoint. The style is breezy and the book is composed of both straightforward narrative and "mixed media" (news transcripts, biography excerpts, tweets, blog posts, etc.) which combine to give a good sense of 21st century fragmented attention. Fundamentally, however, the satire doesn't really bite - the chief "controversy" is related to the relatively safe and cartoonishly rendered processed food industry. In short, "Taft 2012" is a slightly amusing and somewhat clever but ultimately disappointing alternative history take that will have a short shelf-life.

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