John Murray acquires book from former presidential candidate Buttigieg

John Murray acquires book from former presidential candidate Buttigieg

John Murray will publish Trust: America's Best Chance by Pete Buttigieg, who who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Editorial director Joe Zigmond acquired rights from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. John Murray will publish in the UK on 6th October 2020, alongside WW Norton & Co imprint Liveright in the US. The audiobook edition of Trust, narrated by the author, will be published simultaneously.

In Trust, Buttigieg will combine American history, political philosophy and memoir to analyse how the past few decades have affected trust in society, how trust forms the basis of social contact, what trust in a personal realm tells people about their trust in institutions and authorities, and why trust between countries matters. 

Buttigieg commented: "In order for our country to move forward in the years ahead, it will be more important than ever to build trust—trust in our institutions and leaders, trust in each other, and trust around the world in America itself. Now is a time to consider the foundational role trust plays in our democracy, and what it will take to build the trust we’ll need to recover and to advance as a country."

Zigmond said: "We know it to be true that, rather than in personalities, it is the endemic erosion of trust in institutions, media, expertise and wider society that presents our chief challenge. In Trust Pete Buttigieg is identifying a huge part of what accounts for our social splintering. It taps directly into the memorable composure, integrity and fairness that characterised Pete’s campaign message, and offers a roadmap for this, the most crucial of decades to come."

Buttigieg’s memoir, Shortest Way Home, was published by John Murray in 2019.