Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Pete Buttigieg: Trust

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Pete Buttigieg
Trust: America's Best Chance

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 has written two books. The first, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future, is an autobiography, and received strong reviews from the New York Times, the Guardian, and other publications. His latest book, Trust: America’s Best Chance, demonstrates how a breakdown of trust is responsible for the United States’ current predicament. Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, live in South Bend, Indiana.

Buy Trust: America's Best Chance (Thanks to Harvard Book Store for offering a special discounted price of $16 if you order Mayor Pete's book through our links!)

Bina Venkataraman is a science policy expert, journalist, current editorial page editor of the Boston Globe, and fellow at the New America Foundation. She is the former Senior Advisor for Climate Change Innovation in President Barack Obama’s administration. Her writing has been featured in Slate, Time, the Washington Post, and many other publications. Before her current position at the Boston Globe, she worked the science desk for the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Her first book, The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age, explores how human societies can overcome short sightedness to tackle emerging threats to prepare for the future.


We are excited to partner with the Boston Globe and their Op-Talks event series in hosting Pete Buttigieg to discuss his important new book, Trust: America’s Best Chance. Trust in our institutions and each other is the glue that holds societies together, Buttigieg argues. Mayor Pete uses a blend of history, political philosophy, and memoir to show how trust has been destroyed by a confluence of forces. To confront the grave challenges facing us—climate change, racial justice, and now, pandemic—Buttigieg contends that we can and must create, repair, and deepen networks of trust. He hopes to inspire a movement to rebuild the foundations of trust that have weakened over time and which our current polarized time has stressed to the point of breaking. Join Mayor Pete as he talks to Bina Venkataraman, the Boston Globe’s Editorial Page Editor and author of The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age

Buy Trust: America's Best Chance (A special thanks to Harvard Book Store for offering a special discounted price of $16 for attendees who purchase the book through our links!)