Trust: America's Best Chance (CD-Audio)

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Pete’s Trust: America’s Best Chance points out where we’ve gone astray, why trust is especially important to our country, and how to rebuild it, especially in the next decade. It’s not the only reason for our distrust of media and news, but social media and ideologically-based “info services” have splintered the way we receive news. If you’re too young to remember Walter Cronkite, check for him on YouTube. News once had gravitas, and the viewing public had a shared set of facts. Coincidentally, Dan Rather was his successor on CBS News.

As Pete points out, our melting pot ethnicity leaves the U.S. not with a cultural identity, so much as a civic one. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are its backbone. Racial justice is one of the most urgent issues tearing trust apart, and he suggests the U.S. adopt a form of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “Until we face the relationships between past and present wrongs, and how we are implicated in both, no one will be free. We will hesitate to trust each other, and struggle to trust ourselves.”

— Rosemary

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Pete Buttigieg demonstrates how a breakdown of trust is central to our nation’s current predicament—and how our future depends on finding ways to instill confidence in the American project, and in each other.

Trust is the essential foundation of America’s democracy, asserts Pete Buttigieg, former presidential candidate and bestselling author of Shortest Way Home. In a century shaped by terrorism, financial collapse, Trumpist populism, global pandemic, and systemic racism, trust—in our government, corporations, experts, and, most tragically, in one another—has precipitously eroded and, for so many, never existed in the first place. Recognizing that we are now experiencing disastrous consequences, the former South Bend mayor offers a direct reckoning with the corruption of social responsibility, interweaving history, political philosophy, and affecting passages of memoir, offering a new outlook for how we can confront the next decade’s challenges by building accountability. In this urgent work, Buttigieg confirms his status as a visionary political thinker.

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Pete Buttigieg, born in Indiana in 1982, is former mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. A Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran, Buttigieg was educated at Harvard and Oxford. He and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, live in South Bend, Indiana.

Pete Buttigieg, born in Indiana in 1982, is former mayor of South Bend and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. A Rhodes Scholar and Navy veteran, Buttigieg was educated at Harvard and Oxford. He and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, live in South Bend, Indiana.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797119212
ISBN-10: 1797119214
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020