Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
ISBN: 1631494368
EAN13: 9781631494369
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 12, 2019
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1.2" H x 9.6" L x 6.5" W
Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Once described by the Washington Post as the most interesting mayor you've never heard of, Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation of a dying city (Newsweek) into nothing less than a shining model of urban reinvention.

Interweaving two narratives--that of a young man coming of age and a town regaining its economic vitality--Buttigieg recounts growing up in a Rust Belt city, amid decayed factory buildings and the steady soundtrack of rumbling freight trains passing through on their long 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, before joining McKinsey, where he trained as a consultant--becoming, of all things, an expert in grocery pricing. Then, Buttigieg defied the expectations that came with his pedigree, choosing to return home to Indiana and responding to the ultimate challenge of how to revive a once-great industrial city and help steer its future in the twenty-first century.

Elected at twenty-nine as the nation's youngest mayor, Pete Buttigieg immediately recognized that great cities, and even Read More chevron_right

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