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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631494369
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 43
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

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

Acknowledgments 331

Illustration Credits 335

Index 337

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Shortest Way Home: One Mayor?s Challenge and a Model for America?s Future 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Have read only at 10 pages, but love his writing style. He has been on a couple of CNN and MSNBC and he's is a star speaker. None of the doublespeak familiar to politicians.
Anonymous 3 months ago
An insightful telling of the revival of a city and the young man who found himself while serving as its mayor. The story kept me interested and I became more impressed with Mayor Pete with every page.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Wonderful writing style. Humor, clarity and interesting story of a stagnant, struggling City in the rust belt midwest and the impact one person with a visiion can have through conviction and surroundng himselfwith the right people and negotiating through pitfalls. Worth the read.
carlosmock 7 days ago
Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future by Pete Buttigieg After following Mayor Pete through social media and watching his historic announcement for the presidential campaign, I was intrigued about what makes the man tick. I obviously thought reading his book would give me an answer. What kind of life demands a memoir at age 37? I pondered. As I was drawn to the book, it soon became clear that it was a way to introduce himself to the country more than a memoir. The book is narrated from the first person point of view. I was amazed that the word "gay" did not even show up until chapter 16. Growing up, listing his achievements, his view on life, and the fact that all politics are local took the large portion of the book. I suppose Mayor Pete is trying to present himself as a presidential candidate who just happens to be gay, and not as a gay candidate running for president. I suppose that gives him the right to bore us with the daily routines of running the city of South Bend, as if it was a lecture on how to become mayor to a small Midwestern City. The book did not become real to me until the mayor talks about his deployment to Afghanistan and the concept of a "war that is lost." His vision of why we will not win the war--the lack of will to press Pakistan to stop aiding the Taliban--and the meaning of how war ends were the first appealing moments of the book. I was particularly moved by his take on the "1918 armistice" which ended WWI. It was signed on November 11, 1918, at 5 am, but was not to take hold until 11 am that day. He talks about the lives lost between 5 am and 11 am that day--the last lost life was at 10:59 am. The meaning of those lives lost after the war ended is, to me, a metaphor for what is now going in Iraq and Afghanistan. On chapter 16, when he deals with his sexuality, I was reminded of my own struggles over 30 years ago. I too stayed in the closet for as long as I could and did not fully come out until I was 40. I supposed that that was then, but it's amazing to be reminded what it is to "come out" in a small conservative place. I am also reminded that even today, it's perfectly legal to be fired, evicted, or denied food or accommodation in 30 states in the US just for being LGBTQ: reason enough to stay in the closet. Which is why the Equality Act needs to be in the platform of the Democratic Party. The remaining chapters are the basis for his running. The Democratic Party has forgotten about the fly over areas of the country. It has given up on the "red" states and on our values. It's time to reclaim religion/values, freedom, and security from the far right. It's time to move forward and process the fact that we can't go back. Hope lies in the future, and in the younger generation. It's time to pass the baton to younger leaders who, whether we like it or not, are the ones who will inherit the mess we're making of our planet. I wish him well and even if he does not get to be president, I hope that his message gets acknowledged, just like Bernie Sanders' did in 2016.
Anonymous 15 days ago
Excellent read--story moves along from key moment to the next. The most amazing part is the revelation--not visible from TV appearances, of the geek who lives on crunching numbers and data, and must remind himself to be human. Not at all what you'd expect from a political candidate, but gripping to read of his growth and development from one learning situation to another.
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Yokahama 24 days ago
This is a well written and very readable book. The biographical account of a young mayor of South Bend, Indiana who enlightens the reader on the problems of the Rustbelt cities of the Midwest and the challenges they face. This book also includes both an account of his personal life and also the political stories locally and nationally. One finds this author extremely talented as an author, an exceptional scholar, personable and with a youthful, perceptive outlook on life. This book is a hard book to put down
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