Pete Buttigieg – Shortest Way Home


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.

Author: Pete Buttigieg
Narrator: Pete Buttigieg
Duration: 9 hours 57 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2002
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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I am attempting to read books by the various presidential candidates for the 2020 election. The list is long and Buttigieg is one of them. Buttigieg tells the story of his life to date. He appears to be a very smart young man. He graduated from Harvard and was a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford. He is a Navy veteran. He is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He studied government in school and he did a summer internship with Senator Teddy Kennedy. These two things do allow him some knowledge about the workings of government. I am sure that being gay in Indiana has not been easy. He speaks eight languages they are English, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic and Dari. He learned Dari while in the Navy stationed in Afghanistan. It is a Persian dialect. He learned Maltese and Italian from his father who was born in Malta. He was encouraged to learn languages from his mother, Anne Montgomery, who is a linguist and a retired professor from Notre Dame University.

The book is well written and I must say I was impressed with his background, education, language skills and government knowledge. To top it off he also plays piano and guitar. He states one of his goal is to attempt to reunite the country. That is badly needed, but I am not sure it is achievable. I was impressed that he stated the mistakes he has made as mayor and what he did or will do to correct the problems. I will continue my study of the candidates and do not have enough information about all of them to even begin to choose one.

The book is nine hours and fifty-seven minutes. Pete Buttigieg narrated the book himself. It was great to listen to him speak.