A little book about a big man (Would you like a little sci-fi with your politics?)
Published by Quirk Books in January of 2012.
Okay, let's get the ridiculous part of the book out of the way. Yes, Taft 2012 is based entirely on a silly premise: What if William Howard Taft disappeared from history the day Wilson was inaugurated and arrived in the year 2011 and fired up everyone's imagination to run for president again in 2012? But, setting that aside, what if Taft were alive and well today? What would he think of the United States 100 years after it rejected him for his re-election bid?
If you love The Twilight Zone or those Harry Turtledove time-traveling books and you are interested in politics, this one will satisfy.
|William Howard Taft (1857-1930)|
As a groundswell builds for a "draft Taft" to run for president in 2012, Heller introduces the political world and political issues of 2012. His portrayal is a bit simplistic but this is a short book. Taft becomes a single-issue candidate and the issue is not very well explained (giant corporate food interests) except that Taft gets an upset stomach when he eats too much processed food. It's almost as though Heller assumes that everyone is already sold on the issue and they will just go along with him so he makes very little effort to explain except for one creepy scene in a restaurant.
But, this is still an enjoyable book and I am pleased that I started out the New Year by meeting and sharing and adventure with Mr. Taft.
I rate this book 4 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Taft 2012: A Novel
Reviewed on January 3, 2012.