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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

by Pete Buttigieg


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631496653
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 210,747
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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

I Remembering

Chapter 1 The South Bend I Grew Up In 3

II Learning

Chapter 2 City on a Hill 35

Chapter 3 Analytics 54

III Campaigning

Chapter 4 The Volunteers 67

Chapter 5 "Meet Pete" 79

Chapter 6 A Fresh Start for South Bend 104

IV Governing

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

V Meeting

Chapter 12 Brushfire on the Silicon Prairie 201

Chapter 13 Hitting Home 218

VI Becoming

Chapter 14 Dirt Sailor 233

Chapter 15 "The War's Over" 245

Chapter 16 Becoming One Person 264

Chapter 17 Becoming Whole 284

VII Building

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

Acknowledgments 353

Illustration Credits 355

Index 357

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