Shortest Way Home

Shortest Way Home

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

Book - 2019
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Once described by the Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of," Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-six-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city," because the industrial Midwest beckoned as a challenge to the McKinsey-trained Harvard graduate. Whether meeting with city residents on middle-school basketball courts, reclaiming abandoned houses, confronting gun violence, or attracting high-tech industry, Buttigieg has transformed South Bend into a shining model of urban reinvention. While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home interweaves two once-unthinkable success stories: that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a Rust Belt city so thoroughly transformed that it shatters the way we view America's so-called flyover country.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation,, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781631494369
Branch Call Number: 977.289 BU
Characteristics: 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Dec 03, 2020

I read this book of Mayor Pete's to get more insight in American Politics - To get beyond all the noise and to hear a very articulate, empathetic and interesting story of his journey to serve his country. His life has provided him a really good grounding to understand what matters to people , He breaks down all the journey and planning of getting to where he wants to go and find his way. Pete's truthful and unabashed account of his personal life is very refreshing as his story is provided in very human terms . In short a brilliant read with few or limited passages where the non political observer could find some details tedious.
I thank the Stratford City Library in obtaining a copy of this relevant read in view of the recent American Election . I highly recommend this book to learn a more sane outlook on our neighbour's political climate.

Nov 17, 2019

I love this book. I feel like buying it is the only way to contribute (legally) to his campaign, as a Canadian.

Here's hoping he does some positive change in the world. I hate saying it but after watching things down south for the last few years I feel America doesn't deserve Pete—but they for sure need him.

As someone who felt like they didn't have a role model growing up, it speaks volumes to what it means for this man to be running for President.

Now kids have this superhero.

Be like Pete!

Oct 24, 2019

He's a pragmatist in his politics which makes the chance of his succeeding reasonably good. The book feels like he is staging for something.....a run for Governor? President?

Martha C Benner
Sep 24, 2019

Enjoyed it from the first page on; he is one sharp man. Hope to hear more from him and about him in our future.

Jul 29, 2019

I don't usually enjoy autobiographies or heavily political reads, but Pete is certainly a skilled writer! Learning about his successes and ambitions is certainly inspiring and, though he does own mistakes and missteps, it would be nice if he gave those a bit more space for reflection before immediately spinning silver linings onto the clouds.

That said, this book seems like one of the few that will remain engaging and useful beyond the immediate election cycle it was written within; I'd say it's a worthwhile, well-crafted, and fairly easy read.

Jul 23, 2019

Don't look for a negative comment from any SPL reader about Pete or his memoir. He's a very good writer. He's a great guy, he's very smart, introspective, very well grounded, and was so very forthcoming about who he is and what he values. He'd be lots of fun to have a couple brewskis with (like Barack). HOWEVER his story just convinced me he couldn't possibly go 15 rounds (or even 12) with those very nasty Republicans even if he were nominated and elected (total delusions). He just is too nice to be in national politics. Soooo one down a dozen or so to consider supporting.

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.

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