Taft 2012 by Jason Heller
A Novel

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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 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.

About Jason Heller

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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.
Published January 31, 2012 by Quirk Books. 259 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Heller’s numerous historical insights and observations regarding Taft as president, husband, American, and human being will have more than a few readers wishing Taft really could be a third-party candidate in 2012, to be a rational voice in the “din of all this twenty-first century madness.â€...

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In Heller’s latest novel, Taft 2012, available online and at your favorite local bookstores, long gone P.O.T.U.S. Howard Taft comes to in modern times, on the hundred year anniversary of the last day of his presidential reign.

Jan 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Taft 2012: A Novel

New York Journal of Books

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“As a fairy tale, Taft 2012: A Novel is a welcome tonic to the bottomless cynicism that can consume our politics. If you’re after something more biting, all you need is your remote control.”

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The Washington Times

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Let your imagination run wild: What if President William Howard Taft suddenly disappeared nearly 100 years ago on his way out the White House door and was resurrected (as certified by scientists) in 2012?

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Huffington Post

In this re-imagined, slightly altered history, Taft, who served one term as president, disappeared on the morning of President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration and was never seen again.

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City Book Review

Taft is hardly the president many people would want to meet.

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William Howard Taft, the last mustachioed president of the United States, is said to have been good at everything he did in life, other than running the country.

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I couldn’t book this book down.

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Starburst Magazine

From the beginning to the end you can guess what is going to happen, from when Taft realises the ethnicity of the current President of the United States to when Taft is invited to a punk club by pot-head Rob.

Feb 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Taft 2012: A Novel

Chicago Sun Times

William Howard Taft was a supersized man who many contend left a puny legacy, but the nation’s 27th president changes the shape of things to come in the world imagined by Jason Heller in Taft 2012: A Novel.

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SciFi Online

Taft is used as a mirror to the modern world and many things are held to be wrong, but Heller is cleverer than to just harp on about the poor state of modern affairs, using Taft to show that time may pass but few things change.

Feb 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Taft 2012: A Novel

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