Shortest Way Home

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Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
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First edition cover
AuthorPete Buttigieg
Audio read byPete Buttigieg
CountryUnited States
Publication date
12 February 2019
Media typePrint (hardcover)
977.2/89044092 B
LC ClassF534.S7 B87 2019

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future is an autobiography by Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 to 2020. The book was first published by Liveright Publishing in 2019.


Shortest Way Home describes the life of Pete Buttigieg, his path to becoming the mayor of his hometown, South Bend, Indiana, and the actions and decisions he has made during his time in office. South Bend is portrayed as a city which had experienced its peak when manufacturers such as Studebaker and South Bend Watch Company were based in it. Buttigieg notes how these companies had failed to embrace changes which could have helped them survive; for example, the South Bend Watch Company continued to produce pocket watches for over a decade after wristwatches had become the dominant style. As a result, following the closing of the Studebaker plant in the early 1960s the city had begun a long decline, resulting in a shrinking population and decline in the number of younger residents. Notably, South Bend was included in a 2011 Newsweek list of American dying cities.[1]


The book has received reviews from publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Current Affairs.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


  1. ^ "America's Dying Cities". Newsweek. January 21, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Affairs, Current. "All About Pete ❧ Current Affairs". Current Affairs. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Nagourney, Adam (January 24, 2019). "A Memoir From the Young, Gay Mayor of South Bend Running for President". New York Times.
  4. ^ Kaiser, Charles (March 17, 2019). "Shortest Way Home review: Pete Buttigieg as president in waiting". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Dionne, E. J. (February 28, 2019). "Can a Midwestern mayor prove he's ready for the presidency?". Washington Post.
  6. ^ "Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg". Kirkus Reviews. October 23, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  7. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future by Pete Buttigieg". Publishers Weekly. October 29, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2019.