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Shortest way home one mayor's challenge and a model for America's future

by Buttigieg, Pete, 1982-

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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."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
Contents
Remembering
The South Bend i grew up in
Learning
City on a hill
Analytics
Campaigning
The volunteers
"Meet Pete"
A fresh start for South Bend
Governing
A monday morning
The celebrant and the mourner
A plan, and not quite enough time
Talent, purpose, and the smartest
Sewers in the world
Subconscious operations
Meeting
Brushfire on the silicon prairie
Hitting home
Becoming
Dirt sailor
"The war's over"
Becoming one person
Becoming whole
Building
Slow- motion chase
Not "again"
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Born in South Bend, Indiana, in 1982, Buttigieg was an eager student at Harvard and a Rhodes Scholar before landing a prestigious job with a premier management-consulting firm, working on national-level political campaigns, and even running for state treasurer. He found his niche as mayor back in his hometown, a typical Rust Belt city beset by diminishing population, the loss of its income base, and urban blight. Relying on every aspect of his education and work experience, Buttigieg fought his way from political underdog to innovative public servant to popular second-term mayor. His successes have been credited to introducing data-based decision making, concentrating on current assets instead of bemoaning what used to be, and forming coalitions by reaching out to community groups, across the aisle, and up through state and federal levels. Readers will find telling insights into the events that shaped Buttigieg's biggest decisions and share a typical day in the mayor's office; relive Buttigieg's tour of duty in Afghanistan (while he was still acting mayor); and understand his angst over being a young, gay public figure trying to get a date (spoiler alert: there's a happy ending!). First and foremost a great, engaging read, this is also an inspiring story of a millennial making a difference.--Kathleen McBroom Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Buttigieg, mayor and native of South Bend, Ind., manifests a decent, positive, and reflective presence in this upbeat and readable memoir, which follows a career path that recently landed him on the short list for chair of the Democratic National Committee at the age of 36. In seven sections, the narrative retraces his life so far: after Catholic school, Buttigieg attended Harvard, where the Institute of Politics afforded him the chance to observe some leaders and public servants up close, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford. These academic credentials led to a job with McKinsey & Company after a stint campaigning for John Kerry in 2004, during which he cultivated a taste for public office and enlisted in the Navy Reserves. Three years into his first mayoral term, he was called up for a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan in 2013, which spurred new insights on being of service and on foreign relations. After his service, he came out to his parents and then the city (via a newspaper editorial) and met and married his husband, Chasten, about whose family he writes warmly. In the final section, he discusses how "obvious" it seems to him that "economic fairness and racial inclusion could resonate very well in the industrial Midwest." Buttigieg's memoir is an appealing introduction of its author to a larger potential constituency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Buttigieg, Pete, 1982-
Mayors Indiana South Bend Biography
Urban renewal Indiana South Bend
Afghan War, 2001- Veterans Biography
Gay men Indiana Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Nonfiction
Politics
South Bend (Ind.) Politics and government.
South Bend (Ind.) Biography.
Electronic books.
1982-
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Liveright2019
2019
Edition First edition.
Other Titles One mayor's challenge and a model for America's future
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Language English
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ISBN 9781631494376
9781631494376
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