Shortest Way Home is a narrative by Pete Buttigieg, who is the mayor of South Bend Indiana. The book, published in February 2019, details Buttigieg's views of what politics should be, which sharply contrast the controversial topics discussed in politics today. Growing up in a dying industrial city, Buttigieg realized that something needed to be done about all of the abandoned buildings and falling standard of life for cities. In the narrative, he explains what he found worked best with a humorous undertone, while not failing to mention that he was deployed to Afghanistan during his term as mayor.
Shortest Way Home has received mostly positive reviews on Amazon, raking up 4.8/5 stars. The same is true on Goodreads, which received the high standard of 4.4/5. The book, for a time, was the top seller on Amazon in the book category of Urban Planning.
Pete Buttigieg, born in 1982, was the youngest mayor ever elected to office in the United States, at 29 years old. In 2018, he married Chasten Glezman, a local teacher. Graduating from both Harvard and Oxford Universities, Buttigieg has wanted to follow in the footsteps of acclaimed President John F. Kennedy.