Just finished "Shortest Way Home," and I am now thinking Pete Buttigieg could indeed be our next President.
I immediately recognized South Bend, Indiana, when I arrived from Pittsburgh. Both cities have suffered from the loss of American manufacturing (Pittsburgh steel, and South Bend Studebaker automobiles). I had to move from Pittsburgh to South Bend about 6 years ago, and I have witnessed the renaissance here, inspired and helmed by this young, dynamic guy.
"Mayor Pete" came to the office of mayor with impressive credentials and a drive to reshape his hometown into a model of success for the twenty-first century. This book is the story of small city politics, and of the nuts and bolts of turning high expectations and soaring ideas into concrete success.
Along with the story of leading South Bend, much attention will no doubt be paid to the fact that Mayor Pete, along with being a veteran, is a married gay man. But that story, couched as it is amid the tale of drive, success, dedication, patriotism, optimism and vision, becomes not such a big deal. He benefits from the progress we have made in accepting our lgbtq fellow citizens, but his candor is refreshing and inspiring.
This book reveals a man of intellectual agility, optimism, bravery, and a cohesive vision that is inspiring and clearly conveyed. Whatever his future holds in politics, one should not dismiss this guy. My bet is that he will inspire surprising support from a diverse group of converts. It's rather fitting that Joe Kennedy III is a fan.
PEOPLE LISTEN UP, HE'S THE REAL DEAL!! I rarely read political books since I'm a scientist, but this is such a fantastic book and I would recommend it to everyone who's looking for hope in American politics! Pete has good ideas and a clear vision for the future, his experiences are amazing, has a stellar resume, but is such a down-to-earth person and so likeable. Haven't felt so hopeful in such a long time! You go Pete!
This book reads like an intimate journal and paints a picture of South Bend, growing up in a “rust belt” city, being a member of the LGBT community in the Midwest, running for office, and taking on leadership roles in order to give back to communities you love. Pete’s voice is certainly wise beyond his years and this personal memoir sheds light onto why that is. A great read.
I grew up in South Bend, and recently moved away. This book has been a trip down memory lane. The ideas presented are applicable to any midwestern city, including where I live today in Wisconsin. Mayor Pete’s powerful anecdotes will make any Midwesterner smile.
I'm from Indiana. I had heard of Pete Buttigieg before he announced that he was considering running in the 2020 presidential election. He's not simply a long shot. He has become a David in a field full of Goliaths.
With that said, he clearly has the background that can appeal to people from nearly everywhere in the United States. His degrees from Harvard and Oxford are impressive. He was a Rhodes scholar and was deployed to Afghanistan. Not only that, if you listen to the Axe Files podcast with David Axelrod, you can hear Pete's enthusiasm and his understanding of what the Midwest looks like after the Great Recession. He talks about going to nearly every county in Indiana to shake hands and talk to people. Pete is young enough to have the energy to campaign all over the country.
I'd recommend reading the sample of this book, if nothing else. You can get a glimpse of South Bend and the way that it has changed over the years.
Could not put this book down! Pete Buttigieg comes across as authentic, humble, witty, brilliant, and extremely likable. This book is so unlike the other books I’ve read by the aspirational Democratic politicians of our time seeking the 2020 nomination. In contrast, it is a journey written from the heart by a keen observer of life. He has the rare gift of policy acumen and warmth. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if we are witnessing the beginning of a long, fruitful, and inspiring career in national politics. Let’s all hope for that.
Before I read The Shortest Way Home, I admired what I knew of Pete’s educational, and professional choices. The book shows that this was part of a life strategy built on service in politics and the military. Pete records the details and outcomes of a variety of challenges he experienced as Mayor of South Bend, all with analytic detail, an appreciation for building networks of shared values to get things done, and a loving commitment to the people he has served to date. This is why he will be a great presidential leader. The book shows he has the fundamental experience and a quiet, confident boldness to commence this leadership now.
A brilliant book by a truly gifted and sensitive writer. Basically a no-holds-barred autobiography by a young man who is a truly gifted writer with a superior intellect and the ability to make complex issues easily understood.. It is my sincerest wish that his political career goes farther than mayor of South Bend, hopefully the White House.
While Mayor Pete's age is younger than most candidates seeking high national office, his experiences in some realms are greater than many now running (Rhodes Scholar, Vet, fluent in Arabic). His personal story is a good one and I agree with many reviewers that his relationship with his future and now husband is a highlight. For me, THE MOST interesting sections were in the second part of the book when he clearly presented the day to day city challenges of problem solving when working the the citizens of South Bend, colleagues in government and the state of Indiana. What in almost any other context might seem dry (which streets get to have certain names), was complex and quite educational. In both public and private arenas, he listens carefully and clearly values the many different opinions of others. Mayor Pete's ideas, his formidable mind and his willingness to find a fair and just consensus is badly needed. When I lived in Chicago a long time ago I had visited South Bend a few times but never thought that it was as interesting a city as it is now. In a way this book is also the mayors valentine to his city, South Bend Indiana. His rational voice and his goodness are badly needed beyond his beloved city. .