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Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future

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Pete Buttigieg

9 Hours 58 Minutes

HighBridge Company

February 2019

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Jennifer H.

    I love that the author himself is reading. His story is grippingly interesting and gives unique insight into the daily life and concerns of a smart, articulate, energetic and sensitive politician who has a passion for knowing and serving his community.

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  • Anonymous

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    not a fan of his hype

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  • Doug M.

    Well done!

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  • Mary S M.

    This book, read by the author is excellent. It is an excellent description of the journey of a millennial young man who chooses public service over more lucrative pursuits. It gives me hope for the future

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  • Mette C.

    There was so much to love here - from the story of the city of South Bend’s transformation from a decaying post-car manufacturing place of hopelessness to thriving modern city; to the story of Buttigieg’s path of learning about the city, the world, and himself; to the quality narration done by Buttigieg himself, his tone of voice totally in sync with the general atmosphere of the book. I left this book thinking what a joy and privilege it must be to know Buttigieg personally. He shows himself as that rarest kind of human being: sincere, brilliant, caring, and humble.

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