Shortest Way Home

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 163 x 241 x 30mm | 610g
  • Liveright Publishing Corporation
  • United States
  • English
  • 29 black and white photographs
  • 1631494368
  • 9781631494369
  • 42,831

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"In this uplifting coming-of-age memoir from the American heartland, Pete Buttigieg, successful mayor of revitalized South Bend, Indiana, writes that the shortest distance between opportunity and success, `like good literature, takes personal lived experience as its starting point'-a promising axiom for a prospective national figure." -- David Levering Lewis "Personal, beguiling and quite moving as he talks about coming out and getting married... The story is told with brisk engagement - it is difficult not to like him...When Obama wrote his memoir, the idea that the nation would soon put an African-American in the White House seemed beyond the realm of the possible. After reading this memoir written 25 years later, the notion that Buttigieg might be the nation's first openly gay president doesn't feel quite as far-fetched." -- Adam Nagourney - The New York Times
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About Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg, born in Indiana in 1982, is currently serving his second term as mayor
of South Bend. A dynamic national lecturer and TEDx speaker, as well as a Rhodes Scholar and
Navy veteran, Buttigieg was educated at Harvard and Oxford. He and his husband, Chasten
Glezman, live in South Bend, Indiana.
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