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 36-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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A must read for any political minded person or anyone who in interested in a positive outlook where it can be hard to find one
This man is the real deal. Amazing book worth every penny I paid for it. And it’s great to hear him tell it with his own voice via the audio book. It’s both interesting and uplifting. Makes you realize there is hope for this world, if we are bold enough to put the right people in place.
Pete Buttigieg is just an inspiring man, he will make you want to get more involved and help your community. I 100% recommend reading this book. If you are looking to get to know him better this is the perfect way to start.