Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
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 el...more
Oh yeah, he did some other things too, like fight for our country and turn a dying city around. But that's not nearly as important.
Being honest, after 2016 I mostly keep my head in the sand. I wander around, blissfully pretending that I don't live in a United States where a large enough population rejected the most qual ...more
I first heard of Pete Buttigieg when he ran for chair of the Democratic National Committee. I didn't know much about him other than that he had made real progress as the ma ...more
It rattles my brain realizing that Pete Buttigieg, 36 years of age, is a year ‘younger’ than our oldest daughter.
MAYOR PETE has a vision for America —and I like his vision!!!!
Pete wants to ensure that America’s future is better than its past.
That every American has the freedom to live a life of their own choosing.
Where racial justice is a reality and not a dream.
Where we put an end to endless war.
Where we’ve summoned the national will ...more
- I'll start off with the stupidest reason first: he spends a whole chapter explaining how he goes on regular runs with two other guys and then describes in exc ...more
Buttigieg himself would remind voters that his age has been the th ...more
Buttigieg had a dull, ordinary childhood in a dull, dying flyover-country town that nobody much has heard of. His fancy-pants parents, liberal college professors at Notre Dame, gave him all the love and attention any kid could ask for; his friends and he did the usual kid things; he was a high flyer from teenage on in everyone's eyes. He's succeeded at being the kind of politician that should be the norm not the exception: Focused on results, compromising what he can to ...more
First things first: How the hell do you pronounce his surname??! If you aren't sure either (I read my news ...more
First, the book. I wish I could say to read this book to see why America needs Mayor Pete to be President Pete, but you don’t need to – just listen to him talk for five minutes in any of his recent speeches or town halls. I wish also that I ...more
This memoir tells us a bit about Mayor Pete's life before politics, but it's mostly about his time as mayor--which includes his service in Afghanist ...more
Buttigieg (I *will* learn to spell this) obviously puts his best foot forward with his storie ...more
I first REALLY heard of Mayor Pete when he joined President Obama at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana in 2016. My wife and I went to hear the President speak about the economic gains that happened during his time in office - specifically the gains in our area. Elkhart (which has a primary industry focus of RVs) was hit hard during the recession, and he stopped here when first elected to let us know we weren't simply "flyover country" and that he would be working for us as well. He came back in ...more
"As I got ready to leave, a volunteer came up to me in the h ...more
If you are curious about Mayor Pete as a candidate and want to know more about how he approaches governing, this is a very useful book. If you'd like some idea of how he defines and sees himself, you will not get a whole lot, even though much of the book is supposedly devoted to his life rather than his political work. This really is more of a memoir than a politics book, but it succeeds much more as a polit ...more
That aside, this was a great read. It's a straightforward, nimble, and insightful accounting of his 37 years on this planet, from his childhood in South Bend all the way up to the post-2016 moment that led to his spirited, though unsuccessful, bid to become DNC chair in 201 ...more