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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
In Trust, Pete Buttigieg demonstrates how trust will be essential in order to face the unique challenges of the decades ahead.

Trust is essential to the foundation of America’s democracy, asserts Pete Buttigieg, the former presidential candidate and South Bend mayor. Yet, in a century warped by terrorism, financial collapse, Trumpist populism, systemic racism, and now a global pandemic, trust has been squandered, sacrificed, abused, stolen, or never properly built in the first place. And now, more so than ever before, Americans must work side by side to reckon with the monumental challenges posed by our present moment.

Interweaving history, political philosophy, and affecting passages of memoir, Buttigieg explores the strong relationship between measures of prosperity and levels of social trust. He provides an impassioned account of a threefold crisis of trust: in our institutions, in each other, and in the American project itself. Today, these perilous patterns of distrust have wreaked havoc on nearly every sector of society, as Americans increasingly resent the very government that needs to be part of the solution. With the internet and partisan television networks acting as accelerants, Americans jettison any sense of shared reality, lose confidence in experts and scientists, and cope with the grim national tragedy of a pandemic that has only further exemplified the lethality of distrust.

Buttigieg contends that our success, or failure, at confronting the greatest challenges of the decade—racial and economic justice, pandemic resilience, and climate action—will rest on whether we can effectively cultivate, deepen, and, where necessary, repair the networks of trust that are now endangered, or for so many, have never even existed.

An urgent call to foster an “American way of trust” at this painfully polarized juncture in the nation’s history, Trust is a direct reckoning with the prevailing corruption of social responsibility. Yet refusing to give in to the despair that threatens our foundations, Trust seeks to inspire Americans to build a powerful movement that will define all of us in the years to come.

GENRE
Politics & Current Events
RELEASED
2020
October 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Liveright
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
2.6
MB

Customer Reviews

fsvilla ,

Inspiring reading

I enjoyed reading this book. It is an easy read, flows nicely in spite of having a lot of food for thought and ideas. I like the way ideas are illustrated with anecdotes.
Ironically, being Trust the title of the book I don’t trust politicians, I see them as a necessary evil.
That said, I admire Pete, he is an intellectual and a bright, down to earth man. I really like his views on the world, our country and our society and his pragmatic thinking on what do we all need to do

Shwe Win ,

A short, inspiring read

Buttigieg proves to be a candid and able writer. Makes concise points about the lack of trust in our nation, his worldwide experiences with trust in institutions and in other individuals, and steps moving forward to heal the current divide.

Bengringo ,

Great interpersonal writing and an easy read.

Just like his last book, Buttigieg shows his personal life lessons through great writing and interesting prisms. May be the writing of one of our future presidents so take the time to read it.

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