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Shortest Way Home
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Pete Buttigieg, born in Indiana in 1982, is currently serving his second term as mayor of South Bend, and running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2020. Noted for leading economic change in an industrial city, he is also a veteran of the Afghanistan war and was educated at Harvard and Oxford. He and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, live in South Bend, Indiana.

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The best American political autobiography since Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father.... Buttigieg writes unusually well for a politician.... Is it too much to imagine that America could elect a gay president? I don't think so.... Especially a man like this. - The GuardianCombining candor and compassion with a brilliant understanding of how government can be more effective, Shortest Way Home demonstrates that Pete Buttigieg is not only a key political figure in his generation, but also an appealing and even funny writer. Far from a conventional politician's book, his work is an important entry in the American political tradition for the twenty-first century.Personal, beguiling and quite moving as he talks about coming out and getting married... The story is told with brisk engagement ? it is difficult not to like him...When Obama wrote his memoir, the idea that the nation would soon put an African-American in the White House seemed beyond the realm of the possible. After reading this memoir written 25 years later, the notion that Buttigieg might be the nation's first openly gay president doesn't feel quite as far-fetched. - New York TimesIn a sense, Buttigieg's book is a kind of antidote to J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy, a story of broken people in a broken place.... This is a comeback story of a place that got hit hard, survived and then began thriving again.... It's entirely true that a leap from mayor to president has been impossible in the past. But these pages make a pretty good case that city halls just might be better training schools for the presidency than attendance at any five years of congressional hearings combined. - Washington PostMika and I have been overwhelmed by the reaction Pete Buttigieg got after being on the show. The only other time in twelve years that we heard from as many people about a guest was after Barack Obama appeared on Morning Joe. - MSNBC's Morning JoeThe field of Democrats running for President is enormous, but Buttigieg stands out for a few reasons. He's a Navy veteran, born and raised in the city he governs, so you could say that he has real heartland credibility. He's also the first gay Presidential candidate with a real shot at the nomination. Buttigieg is a millennial who graduated high school in the year 2000 and, if elected, would be the youngest President by far. - The New Yorker[Buttigieg] has an extraordinary story and great insights into the politics of our country.

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