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...
  • Elyse Walters
    May 07, 2019
    Audiobook read by Pete Buttigieg It rattles my brain realizing that Pete Buttigieg, 36 years of age, is a year ?younger? than our oldest daughter. MAYOR PETE has a vision for America ?and I like his vision!!!! Pete wants to ensure that America?s future is better than it...
  • 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...
  • Trish
    May 05, 2019
    Since beginning Buttigieg's book, I have travelled across the country and spoken with lots of folks outside of my usual cabal. Nearly everyone I spoke with had heard of Buttigieg, current Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, running for President as a Democratic candidate. Only one of the peo...
  • 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. ...
  • Richard Derus
    May 24, 2019
    Pearl Ruled (p157) Buttigieg had a dull, ordinary childhood in a dull, dying flyover-country town that nobody much has heard of. His fancy-pants parents, liberal college professors at Notre Dame, gave him all the love and attention any kid could ask for; his friends and he did the u...
  • 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...
  • Larry H
    Apr 17, 2019
    Where my reading is concerned, I mainly subsist on a diet of fiction (both mainstream and YA), thrillers, and rom-coms, with the occasional dash of sci-fi/fantasy. But every now and again I choose to sample a little nonfiction, usually in the form of memoirs, when someone that interest...
  • Mike
    Apr 07, 2019
    Update: Mike's Campaign Journal, 6/30/19: On the other hand, here's a pretty compelling dissenting view: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/0... ---------- I'm not in the habit of reading campaign books- books written by the candidates themselves, I mean- but I might end u...
  • Holly
    Jul 11, 2019
    I initially contributed (a very small amount) to Buttigieg's political campaign, but unfortunately this book solidifies for me that he is not actually ready to be President. I haven't decided who I am voting for in the democratic primary, but it more than likely won't be him. Why? Many...
  • Betsy
    May 25, 2019
    My unapologetically enthusiastic and politically biased opinion Oh, Mayor Pete--you're totally my current political crush in the 2020 primary! So, yeah, Shortest Way Home is no Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, but it's damn close! And I had the same react...
  • Ross Blocher
    May 08, 2019
    Pete Buttigieg (BOOT-edge-edge) has quickly become my favorite candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential race: he's composed, positive, practical, honest, compassionate, and whip-smart. He raises the level of any conversation he's involved in. Having subsisted for days on a steady diet o...
  • 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...
  • Justin Tate
    Apr 30, 2019
    God, yes! A presidential candidate who went to Harvard for LITERATURE. There's even a chapter where he discusses the beauty of "linguistic rhythm." *SWOON* Oh yeah, he did some other things too, like fight for our country and turn a dying city around. But that's not nearly as im...
  • Jean
    Jun 16, 2019
    I am attempting to read books by the various presidential candidates for the 2020 election. The list is long and Buttigieg is one of them. Buttigieg tells the story of his life to date. He appears to be a very smart young man. He graduated from Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar to Oxfor...
  • H.M. Ada
    Apr 27, 2019
    Everyone that I talk to about this candidate asks the same question: is America ready? But that?s not the right question. The right question is, ?What can each of us do between now and November 2020 to open people?s minds so that America is ready?? First, the book. I wish I ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meike
    Jul 11, 2019
    Yes, this is now published in German, because people over here are digging this mayor of a town they've never heard of - the headlines he makes remind me of the enthusiasm for a certain senator from Illinois. Mayor Pete - multilingual Harvard and Oxford grad, former business consultant...
  • 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 ?...
  • 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! ...
  • Tracy Challis
    Apr 18, 2019
    ?Good policy, like good literature, takes personal lived experience as its starting point. At its best, the practice of politics is about taking steps that support people in daily life, or tearing down obstacles that get in their way. Much of the confusion and complication of ideolog...
  • 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...