Sol wanted to voice his opinions, informed opinions. So he made a stack of books to see what others thought, what he might learn. This was his primary stack:

  • Seeing What Others Don’t See: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights
    Gary Klein
  • How We Know What Isn’t So: The Fallibility Of Reason In Everyday Life
    Thomas Gilovich
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer
    Donella H. Meadows
    Edited by Diana Wright
  • First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process
    Robert D. Richardson
  • Fictive Narrative Philosophy: How Fiction Can Act As Philosophy
    Michael Boylan
  • Tempo: Timing, Tactics, and Strategy in Narrative-Driven Decision-Making
    Venkatesh Rao
  • Empirical Research And Writing: A Political Science Student’s Guide
    Leanne C. Powner
  • Write Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Reviewing, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis
    Joan Bolker, Ed.D
  • Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past
    John Lewis Gaddis
  • Battle: A History of Combat and Culture
    From Ancient Greece to Modern America
    John A. Lynn
  • The Mystery of Courage
    William Ian Miller
  • The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
    Edited by Robert B. Strassler
    Introduction by Victor Davis Hanson
  • The Odyssey
    Translated by Emily Wilson
  • Fistful of Shells: West Africa From The Rise Of Slave Trade To The Age Of Revolution
    Toby Green
  • Wealth of Nations
    Adam Smith
  • The Prince
    Nicolo Machiavelli
  • Manifesto of the Communist Party
    Karl Marx
  • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World
    Hans Rosling
  • It Can’t Happen Here
    Sinclair Lewis
  • Supernormal Stimuli: How Primal Urges Overran Their Evolutionary Purpose
    Dierdre Barrett
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religions
    Jonathan Haidt
  • Henry Knox: Visionary General Of The American Revolution
    Mark Puls
  • Mission Command: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why
    An Anthology
    Donald Vandergriff, editor
    Stephen Weber, editor
  • On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community
    Pauline Shanks Kaurin
  • Redefining The Modern Military: The Intersection Of Profession And Ethics
    Edited by Nathan K. Finney and Tyrell O. Mayfield
  • An Enquiry Concerning The Principle Of Morals
    David Hume
  • The Evolution of God
    Robert Wright
  • Holy Bible
    NRSV XL Edition
    with the Apocrypha
  • God Speaks
    Meher Baba
  • Discourses
    Meher Baba
  • Divan of Hafiz
    English version by Paul Smith
    Edited by Ann Smith

At his desk, with his books, in solitude, Sol was in his happy place.