Shortest Way Home

Shortest Way Home

One Mayor's Challenge and A Model for America's Future

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation of a "dying city" (Newsweek) into nothing less than a shining model of urban reinvention. Interweaving two narratives—that of a young man coming of age and a town regaining its economic vitality—Buttigieg recounts growing up in a Rust Belt city, amid decayed factory buildings and the steady soundtrack of rumbling freight trains passing through on their long journey to Chicagoland. Inspired by John F. Kennedy's legacy, Buttigieg first left northern Indiana for red-bricked Harvard and then studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, before joining McKinsey, where he trained as a consultant—becoming, of all things, an expert in grocery pricing. Then, Buttigieg defied the expectations that came with his pedigree, choosing to return home to Indiana and responding to the ultimate challenge of how to revive a once-great industrial city and help steer its future in the twenty-first century. Elected at twenty-nine as the nation's youngest mayor, Pete Buttigieg immediately recognized that "great cities, and even great nations, are built though attention to the everyday." As Shortest Way Home recalls, the challenges were daunting—whether confronting gun violence, renaming a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., or attracting tech companies to a city that had appealed more to junk bond scavengers than serious investors. None of this is underscored more than Buttigieg's audacious campaign to reclaim 1,000 houses, many of them abandoned, in 1,000 days and then, even as a sitting mayor, deploying to serve in Afghanistan as a Navy officer. Yet the most personal challenge still awaited Buttigieg, who came out in a South Bend Tribune editorial, just before being reelected with 78 percent of the vote, and then finding Chasten Glezman, a middle-school teacher, who would become his partner for life. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home, with its graceful, often humorous, language, challenges our perception of the typical American politician. In chronicling two once-unthinkable stories—that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a revitalized Rust Belt city no longer regarded as "flyover country"—Buttigieg provides a new vision for America's shortest way home.
Publisher: 2019
ISBN: 9781631494376
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Jun 06, 2019

Very interesting! I hope to call him President soon.

debwalker Jun 05, 2019

Thought provoking. For a time when we need to think real hard.

May 29, 2019

All I need know about this dude is that he is former McKinsey and no, I don't cheer the offshoring of America!

IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

This is a fascinating and deeply thoughtful memoir by the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (and current surprise Presidential candidate). It is NOT a “why I should be President” book and is not one of those “political” books only written as a tax-write-off or to be interesting only to other politicians.
This is a book that a lot of people should read, especially young adults who need to have hope for the future. It certainly could be seen partly as a useful handbook for how young people can get involved in local government, how to run statewide and citywide elections, and how national politicians seem to be forgetting that “all politics is local.” But even more it is Buttigieg’s examination of what he has learned in an already varied life at age 37. He might cause you to examine your own life more deeply, and I very much hope he will inspire young people to become involved with their communities – local and national.
No matter what your political position is, you can gain a lot of insights from this memoir. Buttigieg is a strong defender of the importance of towns and small cities and you might be surprised by how many values you share with him. I listened to the audio book, narrated by Buttigieg himself, and it was very well done.

Apr 23, 2019

Very readable book by and about an intelligent and humble servant of the people. I loved how he cared about people of all walks of life and also understood how to work with politicians who did not share his agenda.

Apr 22, 2019

Autobiographies aren't the most exciting genre, and this one can be a bit saccharine, but "Mayor Pete" displays a sharp mind and practical, nuanced solutions to political problems that leave me very impressed.

Apr 09, 2019

Absolutely outstanding. Mayor Pete is thoughtful, compassionate, focused and relatable. This is not your typical memoir of someone who is running for public office and wants your vote. Instead, Mayor Pete tells you enough about his childhood in South Bend, Indiana and early education to give you an idea as to how he sees the world. He has clear ideas about how to move forward. I highly recommend this book as a picture of what has happened in the rust belt cities of the midwest, like South Bend, and how it can be a template for fixing our country. He has my attention now and I like what I see.

IndyPL_KatieF Apr 01, 2019

As a Hoosier around the same age as Pete Buttigieg I enjoyed this book, and his perspective on not just South Bend's and Indiana's, but our country's future. It is an interesting read no matter your political persuasion.

Feb 18, 2019

Buttigieg has the "right stuff" - but he will be lost in the stable of Democrat presidential candidates. He should consider switching parties to compete against Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Obama's "Dreams from My Father" helped define his political aspirations, and this book similarly attempts to capture Buttigieg's ambition, but as a memoir, it is disjointed. Well-written in some parts, it loses the reader in other chapters. Buttigieg has potential to help bridge the urban-rural divide in America. It is wider than most folks can imagine. Because of his life experiences, Buttigieg understands AI, digital technology and data-driven, responsive government, I am hoping he pulls ahead. Read the book.

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