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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Shortest Way Home: One Mayor?s Challenge and a Model for America?s Future 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 10 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 9 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Mark Goecke 5 months ago
The book is a matter of fact look at Pete's management style, the experiences that led him to believe and act the way he does, and the societal and personal forces that formed his outlook and views. The author provides the motivation for his opinions and provides this own lessons learned for his professional and personal trial and error, some of which were positive and some, negative. Toward the end of book he constructively discusses his personal struggles that he faced daily and his realization for the choice he can no longer avoid. He finds contentment in owning who he is. The book is a good look at the inner thoughts of a presidential candidate and his reasoning for the choices he makes.
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Fritz409 7 months ago
I first came upon Pete Buttigieg through a couple of podcast interviews. The things that he said resonated with me, so I in turn went on-line and found his town hall and a couple of more interviews he had on television. No matter what they threw at him, his answers were thoughtful, insightful, and authentic. He never once dodged a question or tried to talk around his answer with a lot of meaningless words. I couldn't help but wonder, "Who is this guy?" Well, this book tells us about that guy. Everything you see today, his humble nature, his intelligence, his ability to break down complex things in a way that can convey his deep thinking to everyday people, his passion and concern for others, it's all there in this book. We get to see how his upbringing, his education, his military history, his dedication to public service have made him the man that I would like to see as President of the United States. This is a wonderful life story, written by a 30+ man, who has already done some great things. I initially started to read our library's copy of the book, but within 20 pages I ordered my own copy because I knew that I would be going back to this book time and time again.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well written pages telling of a young boys love of his family, friends,neighborhood of south bend indiana, and later his accomplishment to mayor with his ideas and ideals of value as a young man.
carlosmock 8 months 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 9 months 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 9 months 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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