Shortest Way Home

Shortest Way Home

One Mayor's Challenge and A Model for America's Future

Downloadable Audiobook - 2019
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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 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.
Publisher: [United States] :, HighBridge,, 2019.
Edition: Unabridged.
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 57 min.)) : digital.
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IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

This is a fascinating and deeply thoughtful memoir by the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana (and current surprise Presidential candidate). It is NOT a “why I should be President” book and is not one of those “political” books only written as a tax-write-off or to be interesting only to other politicians.
This is a book that a lot of people should read, especially young adults who need to have hope for the future. It certainly could be seen partly as a useful handbook for how young people can get involved in local government, how to run statewide and citywide elections, and how national politicians seem to be forgetting that “all politics is local.” But even more it is Buttigieg’s examination of what he has learned in an already varied life at age 37. He might cause you to examine your own life more deeply, and I very much hope he will inspire young people to become involved with their communities – local and national.
No matter what your political position is, you can gain a lot of insights from this memoir. Buttigieg is a strong defender of the importance of towns and small cities and you might be surprised by how many values you share with him. I listened to the audio book, narrated by Buttigieg himself, and it was very well done.

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