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Taft 2012: A Novel Paperback – January 17, 2012
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“...Taft 2012 aims at a range of targets rivaling Mark Twain’s The Gilded Age...”— Newburyport News
“...this Rip Van Winkle tale is fresh and funny, a fast and purely enjoyable read that could not come at a better time.”—Buffalo News
“William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, reappears in present day and creates political chaos in Jason Heller's charming and funny debut novel, Taft 2012...In Taft 2012, Heller takes someone forgotten in history and makes him relevant. The juxtaposition with the modern world and how the U.S. views politics today creates a marvelous satire that rings all too true.”—Associated Press
“In a stirring, clever and fearlessly funny debut novel, Jason Heller explores this anachronism with biting satirical deviousness. For a work of such brevity, Taft 2012 manages to say more about modern American politics than most major pundits could ever hope to, and it does it while eliciting a giggle on nearly every page...Taft 2012 is a brave, addictive book from a witty new voice in American fiction. Once you’ve started to read it, you won’t want to stop, and by the time you’ve finished, you’ll be wishing you could vote for its hero.”—BookPage.com
"Debut novelist Heller sets up his satire so well that one might doubt one’s grasp of presidential history!...[a] strong and thoughtful political exploration" —Library Journal
"Heller tells his imaginative story with tweets and TV transcripts as well as conventional expository prose, adding to the amusement of a cross-generational look at politics."—Booklist
“…a stellar debut…”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Heller is a brilliant writer with a fantastic imagination and a nose for hot topics.”—303Magazine.com
“The novel is a fun read, and even the most casual of political observers will enjoy watching Taft's new political career play out. But don't delve into it on an empty stomach. Taft doesn't go hungry no matter what century it is.”—Scripps Howard News Service
“...[a] lean, gripping book...”—Asbury Park Press
About the Author
Jason Heller is an American culture journalist whose work appears in The A.V. Club, Village Voice Media, Alternative Press, Tor.com, Weird Tales. Taft 2012 is his first novel. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Top customer reviews
Somehow, President William Howard Taft sat down and napped on the White House grounds on his way to the inauguration of his successor, Woodrow Wilson, only to wake up in the fall of 2011.
What follows is how an honorable man from the early 20th century would cope with our modern world, both in terms of our "conveniences" but also our politics. In fact, not surprisingly, the book is a skewering of our current political process with a Draft Taft movement and a Taft Party.
My only gripe is that I wish this had been an in-depth novel and not just a light satiric look at the modern day. Clever, quick read, and one that I would highly recommend.
Taft 2012: A Novel