Een boek over het verhaal van een man die zijn talent inzet in het publieke domein. Pete Buttigieg wil het goede goed doen. Hij was presidentskandidaat in 2020 en is inmiddels minister van transport in de regering van president Joe Biden!
A mayor's inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal. Pete Buttigieg, was the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and has now emerged as one of America's most visionary politicians.
Shortest Way Home narrates the heroic transformation of a dying city (Newsweek) into nothing less than a shining model of urban reinvention. Elected at twenty-nine as the nation's youngest mayor, Pete Buttigieg immediately recognized that great cities, and even great nations, are built through attention to the everyday. As Shortest Way Home recalls, the challenges were daunting: whether confronting gun violence, renaming a street in honour of Martin Luther King Jr., or attracting tech companies to a city that had appealed more to junk bond scavengers than serious investors. None of this is underscored more than Buttigieg's audacious campaign to reclaim 1,000 houses, many of them abandoned, in 1,000
days and then, even as a sitting mayor, deploying to serve in Afghanistan as a Navy officer. Yet the most personal challenge still awaited Buttigieg, who came out in a South Bend Tribune editorial, just before being re-elected with 78 percent of the vote, and then finding Chasten Glezman, a middle school teacher, who would become his partner for life.
While Washington reels with scandal, Shortest Way Home, with its graceful, often humorous, language, challenges our perception of the typical American politician. In chronicling two once-unthinkable stories, that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a revitalized Rust Belt city no longer regarded as flyover country Buttigieg provides a new vision for America's shortest way home.
Vriendelijke groeten, Jan Maarten Bosch – Derick Maarleveld