Pete Buttigieg, born in Indiana in 1982, is the former two-term mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. A Rhodes scholar and US Navy veteran, Buttigieg, whose first book, Shortest Way Home, became a New York Times best-seller, was educated at Harvard and Oxford. He and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, live in South Bend, Indiana.
PRAISE FOR SHORTEST WAY HOME: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. - Charles Kaiser, 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. - Walter IsaacsonPersonal, 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. - Adam Nagourney, New York Times