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Description of “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future”
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A mayor’s inspirational story of a Midwest metropolis that has turn out to be nothing lower than a blueprint for the way forward for American renewal.
Once described by the Washington Post as “probably the most fascinating mayor you’ve by no means heard of,” Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of many nation’s most visionary politicians. With hovering prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation of a “dying metropolis” (Newsweek) into nothing lower than a shining mannequin of city reinvention.
Interweaving two narratives—that of a younger man coming of age and a city regaining its financial vitality—Buttigieg recounts rising up in a Rust Belt metropolis, amid decayed manufacturing unit buildings and the regular soundtrack of rumbling freight trains passing by way of on their lengthy journey to Chicagoland. Inspired by John F. Kennedy’s legacy, Buttigieg first left northern Indiana for red-bricked Harvard and then studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earlier than becoming a member of McKinsey, the place he educated as a advisor—turning into, of all issues, an knowledgeable in grocery pricing. Then, Buttigieg defied the expectations that got here together with his pedigree, selecting to return house to Indiana and responding to the final word problem of learn how to revive a once-great industrial metropolis and assist steer its future within the twenty-first century.
Elected at twenty-nine because the nation’s youngest mayor, Pete Buttigieg instantly acknowledged that “nice cities, and even nice nations, are constructed although consideration to the on a regular basis.” As Shortest Way Home recollects, the challenges had been daunting—whether or not confronting gun violence, renaming a avenue in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., or attracting tech firms to a metropolis that had appealed extra to junk bond scavengers than critical traders. None of that is underscored greater than Buttigieg’s audacious marketing campaign to reclaim 1,000 homes, a lot of them deserted, in 1,000 days and then, whilst a sitting mayor, deploying to serve in Afghanistan as a Navy officer. Yet probably the most private problem nonetheless awaited Buttigieg, who got here out in a South Bend Tribune editorial, simply earlier than being reelected with 78 p.c of the vote, and then discovering Chasten Glezman, a middle-school instructor, who would turn out to be his associate for life.
While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home, with its swish, typically humorous, language, challenges our notion of the standard American politician. In chronicling two once-unthinkable tales—that of an Afghanistan veteran who got here out and discovered love and acceptance, all whereas in workplace, and that of a revitalized Rust Belt metropolis now not considered “flyover nation”—Buttigieg gives a new imaginative and prescient for America’s shortest approach house.