Taft 2012 by Jason Heller


I thought that the concept of the book was interesting. In 1912, William Howard Taft mysteriously disappears just before the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. 100 years later, Taft suddenly comes to life Rip Van Winkle style. Not only does the ex-President find himself in a new century, he is also swept up into the upcoming 2012 presidential election where he has a chance to finally win re-election.

Although drawn by the novel (no pun intended) idea of a resurrected Taft getting involved in 21st century politics, the execution of the story was a bit lacking. Granted this is a work of alternate historical fiction, but there were some aspects of the story that I found hard to swallow.

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