Shortest Way Home

Shortest Way Home

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

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"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-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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: 2019
ISBN: 9781631494369
Branch Call Number: 977.289 BUT 2019-05
Characteristics: 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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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