Featuring a new introduction and a “Back Home” afterword, Shortest Way Home is Pete Buttigieg’s inspirational story that challenges our perception of the typical American politician.
The meteoric rise of the mayor of a small Midwest city, who defied every pundit’s odds with his electrifying run for the presidency, created one of the most surprising candidacies in recent American history. The fact that his New York Times best-selling memoir, Shortest Way Home, didn’t read like your typical campaign book only added to “Mayor Pete’s” transcendent appeal. Readers everywhere, old and young, came to appreciate the “stirring, honest, and often beautiful” (Jill Lepore, New Yorker) personal stories and gripping mayoral tales, which provided, in lyrical prose, the political and philosophical foundations of his historic campaign.
Now featuring a new introduction and a “Back Home” afterword, in which Buttigieg movingly returns with the reader to his roots in his hometown city of South Bend, Indiana, as well as a transcript of the eulogy for his father, Joseph Buttigieg, Shortest Way Home, already considered a classic of the political memoir form, provides us with a beacon of hope at a time of social despair and political crisis.
Born in Indiana in 1982, Pete Buttigieg is the US secretary of transportation and former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. A Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran, Buttigieg was educated at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. He and his husband live in South Bend.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Paperback Edition xi
Chapter 1 The South Bend I Grew Up In 3
Chapter 2 City on a Hill 35
Chapter 3 Analytics 54
Chapter 4 The Volunteers 67
Chapter 5 "Meet Pete" 79
Chapter 6 A Fresh Start for South Bend 104
Chapter 7 Monday Morning: A Tour 129
Chapter 8 The Celebrant and the Mourner 145
Chapter 9 A Plan, and Not Quite Enough Time 158
Chapter 10 Talent, Purpose, and the Smartest Sewers in the World 172
Chapter 11 Subconscious Operations 184
Chapter 12 Brushfire on the Silicon Prairie 201
Chapter 13 Hitting Home 218
Chapter 14 Dirt Sailor 233
Chapter 15 "The War's Over" 245
Chapter 16 Becoming One Person 264
Chapter 17 Becoming Whole 284
Chapter 18 Slow-Motion Chase 305
Chapter 19 Not "Again" 322
Back Home Again in Indiana 331
Remarks in Memory of My Father, Joseph Buttigieg 345
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