Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

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? (Newswe Once described by the Washington Post as ?the most interesting mayor you?ve never heard of,? Pete Butti...

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Title:Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
Author:Pete Buttigieg
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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  • Philip
    Mar 25, 2019
    I first REALLY heard of Mayor Pete when he joined President Obama at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana in 2016. My wife and I went to hear the President speak about the economic gains that happened during his time in office - specifically the gains in our area. Elkhart (which...
  • Allison
    Apr 08, 2019
    Buttigieg first came on my radar a few months ago when my very-politically engaged teen breathlessly told me that he had picked PB as his 2020 candidate. I dismissed the possibility and wrote it off to youthful ignorance (midsized-city gay mayor who no one had heard of??), but after wa...
  • Margaret
    Mar 26, 2019
    Pete Buttigieg, who at the age of 37 is finishing up his second term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is one of a huge number of Democrats running for president in 2020. Shortest Way Home is the book he wrote to introduce himself to America (a recent poll ranked him third after Joe Bid...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 21, 2019
    Buttigieg is really impressive. He's super sharp, has great politics, and seems like a great leader. Do I want him to be the next president? No. Not because he's too young. I don't care about that. It's because he reminds me of the smart Obama guys who were really great speechwriters, ...
  • Cheryl
    Dec 28, 2018
    I received an Advanced Reading Copy from the publisher through a Goodreads Giveaway. I enjoyed Shortest Way Home quite a bit. I live in South Bend and I have voted for Mayor Pete. He has been an outstanding mayor. It was interesting reading his take on events that I remember, and his e...
  • Skip
    Apr 06, 2019
    It would be wonderful to live in a country where Mayor Pete (of South Bend, Indiana) could be elected President. He is smart, sincere, dedicated, diligent, caring, and truly interested in making things better for all his constituents. Growing up in an academic Midwest family, he gradua...
  • Liz
    Feb 20, 2019
    An excellent look into Pete Buttigieg's life experience and the way he sees the world. He talks a lot about how his various life experiences have shaped him: growing up in the Midwest in a "rusting" city, serving in the military, working for a consulting firm, coming out as gay, and se...
  • Donna
    Apr 13, 2019
    This isn?t the typical political memoir filled with high-minded platitudes. It?s more of a coming-of-age story in which Pete Buttigieg reflects on growing up in South Bend, Indiana, moving away to study at Harvard and Oxford, working as a consultant and analyst with McKinsey, deplo...
  • Ryan
    Feb 24, 2019
    If anyone has any doubts of what kind of man and leader Mayor Buttigieg is, I think this book would quickly put those fears to rest. If he chooses to run, he will have my vote in the Kasas Democratic caucus. ...
  • Sam
    Mar 09, 2019
    I can't say enough about this book. From the simple facts that I went to the same elementary school as Mayor Pete when I lived in South Bend, that his husband grew up less than an hour from where my parents live now, that he is a mayor who governs his city in much the way I strive to w...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Apr 03, 2019
    Mayor Pete Buttigieg (pronounced ?boot-edge-edge?) is just five days younger than our youngest son. If that doesn?t make me feel old, I don?t know what would. But I think he makes up for lack of years in genuine smarts and concrete executive experience. (Mayors and Presidents a...
  • Sahitya
    Apr 08, 2019
    If anyone has been following the democratic field for 2020, then you are aware of the recent buzz around Mayor Pete and it?s been interesting listening to his ideas. While I?m not someone who actually reads the candidates? books when they are running for office, I wanted to read ...
  • Mike
    Apr 07, 2019
    I'm not in the habit of reading campaign books- books written by the candidates themselves, I mean- but I might end up making an exception here. Buttigieg's an intelligent guy, and I think his interview with David Remnick was illuminating: https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-ne... ...
  • Rebecca Wilkins
    Feb 22, 2019
    My sister who lives in our hometown in the Michiana area told me that the Mayor of South Bend was running for President in 2020. She then sent me a clip of him being interviewed by Colbert on TV. I ordered his book, SHORTEST WAY HOME, and spent the next 4-5 days engrossed. Pete is a 37...
  • Lena
    Feb 17, 2019
    This man makes me proud to have chosen to live (although begrudgingly at first) in the Midwest. This is not flyover country. It?s easy to be a Democrat and super liberal on a coast, it?s another thing to live your values in a place where not everyone feels the same way you do...and...
  • Renée
    Apr 06, 2019
    I really think that Pete Buttigieg is someone that we need. A rational thinker, a kind man, someone who cares about ALL of America and not just: 1. those lining his pockets or 2. certain pockets of people. And I LOVE the fact that he's not rich. Hell, he freely disclosed his monthly mo...
  • Nick Pageant
    Mar 22, 2019
    I have all the thoughts and none of the words... I really enjoyed this book and truly admire this man. I'm honestly frightened by how inspired I am by him and how hopeful he makes me feel because I'm terrified to back someone who, for obvious reasons, might not be able to win the bigge...
  • James
    Apr 11, 2019
    This was not my usual reading fare, as my recent reading list will attest. Autobiographies aren't usually my thing, especially political ones. I like my reading time to have a little more escapism. But I've been paying attention as Mayor Pete has generated buzz in the presidential camp...
  • John Bohnert
    Feb 17, 2019
    South Bend, Indiana is lucky to have Pete Buttigieg as its mayor. I've heard him several times on TV and I'm very impressed by this young man. He's very articulate, a Navy veteran, and a Rhodes Scholar. I see a bright future for him. ...
  • Robert Stevens
    Feb 28, 2019
    Being a transplant to Indiana after my first 22 years of life in Ohio, a lover of South Bend from my multiple trips there, a political junkie, and a Progressive Democrat, I had to read Mayor Pete Buttigieg's book: "Shortest Way Home." This book matters because the Midwest matters ("I w...
  • Rishi
    Mar 05, 2019
    Admittedly, I'm a big fan of Mayor Pete. I think he's an uncommonly sharp, soulful, and self-aware public figure who has a very bright future ahead of him. (Personally-speaking, that future can't come fast enough.) That aside, this was a great read. It's a straightforward, nimble, a...
  • Sarah
    Mar 24, 2019
    I am ALL IN for Mayor Pete. In the last several weeks he has surged to the top of my candidate list in the 2020 primary. Sure, that could change between now and the election, but right now I am so impressed with everything I am hearing from and about him. And this book only served to r...
  • Beth
    Feb 21, 2019
    As a native South Bender myself, I found this book a love letter to the city I share with the author and my Mayor. Just like Mayor Pete, I was born and raised here, went off to college, lived elsewhere for several years, and moved back. I loved the description of his growing up in ...
  • James Earle
    Feb 20, 2019
    Good to hear a politician trying to speak to the entire country and not just his base. He admits failures and gives us a thorough understanding of how he has come to his beliefs. After reading this, I better understand his process and how he plans to adapt to changes in culture and the...
  • Valerie
    Mar 01, 2019
    My home, my town, my Mayor! Great story of the revitalization of South Bend, once labeled with the title of ?a dying city.? I was born here, grew up here and moved back here after college, raised my children here. I also, grew up around all the derelict buildings, warehouses, and a...
  • CJ
    Feb 26, 2019
    ?There is nothing necessarily wrong with greatness, as an aspiration, a theme, or even as the basis of a political program. The problem, politically, is that we keep looking for greatness in all the wrong places. We think we can find it in the past, dredged up for some impossible ?...
  • Andrew
    Mar 20, 2019
    Oh man. I?ve got a new big crush and his name is #MayorPete. @pete.buttigieg is a fantastic writer; brilliant, articulate, charming and funny. He offers a refreshing perspective on the complicated shades of emotional/philosophical/logistical politics we?re facing as a country right...
  • Nick San Miguel
    Feb 21, 2019
    I first learned about Pete Buttigieg when he appeared on Pod Save America during his run for DNC chair. I was immediately impressed and have followed his career closely ever since. I'd heard him discuss most of the things in this book in a condensed version in interviews or in newspape...
  • Emily Cyr
    Dec 28, 2018
    Best, most thoughtful political memoir/biography (?) I have read yet. There?s a sense of authenticity, dorkiness and optimism one would hope to see in a mayor. And the part about his husband is so sweet at the end, felt like a bonus! ...
  • Eric Brotheridge
    Mar 05, 2019
    I was a pastor in South Bend during Mayor Pete's first term. One could see what needed to be transformed and one could see what already was transformed. The change of the city toward greatness is a remarkable story told by an even more remarkable human being with a story to tell from t...