He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his passion for peaceful diplomacy. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. Regular folks can identify with his larger-than-life physique. And all the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is. There...more
The bathtub story. The goddamn bathtub story. William Howard Taft will never live that down. He vanished on the bitter day Woodrow Wilson took office and reappeared, enormous and dirt-caked, on the White House lawn nearly a hundred years later...and people are still talking about the time he got stuck in a bathtub.
What's a newly resurrected ex-President to do? Taft never wanted much in life--heck, he never even wanted to be President--but in this brave new world of bitter politics a ...more
The concept of TAFT 2012 is engaging enough, but you will certainly fall in love with the title character, the portly successor to the louder and more thrilling Teddy Roosevelt. This Taft is warm and charming, doing his b ...more
He’s back. And he’s the biggest thing in politics....more
He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican resu
This novel was fun while it lasted—unfortunately, it didn't last long. Clocking in at only 249 pages, it didn't explore enough of the possibilities that were possible, and in fact, the ending was so abrupt ...more
Writing has a pillowy fanfiction feel (hard to avoid with what really is "historical figure fanfic ...more
Taft 2012is a "science fiction/alternate reality meets saucy political commentary" novel. Former President William H. Taft decided to lie down and ta ...more
William Howard Taft- disappears while heading out to the White House lawn to hear Woodrow Wilson's acceptance speech....in 1912.. and never returns. All of a sudden, flash forward to 2012...and there's Taft! Back from wherever he was(it's never completely established, but that's part of the fun). To a completely new and unhinged(in his eyes, compared to 100 years ag ...more
The story centers around William Howard Taft, his unexplained disappearance in 1913 and his sudden reappearance in 2011. Far from being just an unwilling time traveler, Taft is a reminder to the populous of what the nation used ...more
I'm not sure who will be interested in this novel other than presidential history buffs, and it requires that you set aside Taft's accomplishments since leaving office (like becoming a Supreme Court Justice). Too much of the novel focuses on Taft's enormous appetite, although it does throw in factoids interesting to us presidential history buffs.
Taft appears to hav ...more
As a political satire, it's about as sharp as the movie Dave. Those clowns in Washington the boardrom are at it again. What is up with airline pr ...more
I do remember feeling that the ending was too abrupt. Through the novel Taft is told he has to run for president. The current candidate of the time is an oaf who seems to be backed by a shady business which was never really explored further in the novel.
Taft reaches a moment, close to the end, when he decides that he's not the right Taft to run for office, and leaves it to his descendant. She's better equipped to take center stage. He hel ...more
A light, quirky satire that primarily revolves around William Howard Taft suddenly waking up still alive in 2011. You witness Taft awkwardly adjusting to modern life including visiting Chicago and sleeping with a bartender! That alone is worth the price of admission. And pretty much it...along with some attacks on the food-industrial complex.
It's not OMG GREAT, but it's amusing and quick.
When I was offered a review copy of Taft 2012 from Quirk Press, I said, “Yes, of course.” I enjoy all of their books. They have sass, imagination, and laughs.
But I don’t follow politics… Hm - I’m actually the type of person to walk away from a conversation at a party if it turns to debates, election polls, the state of the economy, etc. I also leave the room if my husband turns on one of the many political talk shows.
Sorry, I just don’t like pol ...more
The story is that of William Howard Taft, former president, who wakes from a 100 year slumber to discover that politics as usual are not quite what they were when he was in office. It's no surprise that the media jumps all over the story, which leads to Taft touring the countr ...more
Anyway, the book: it was okay. Taft was a well-realized character for the most part, and they handled his whole "transportation to the future" thing pretty well. There were no elaborate scenes of him gawking over Google or airplanes or whatever (except for a funny scene with Wii Golf). And he felt appropriately old-fashioned without being a parody. Heller obvious ...more
Heller posits what might happen if William Howard Taft were to simply reappear after he failed to show up for Woodrow Wilson's inau ...more