In a year of fierce electioneering, a local politician explores our nation’s roots.
photography by Denise Ritchie
“The American Revolution is not only about the battles that were fought for our liberty,” says Bob Solari. “It is also about the concept of liberty fought in the minds of men.”
You might say that Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari is on a mission of continued self-education. Of late the available time he commits to in-depth reading – which he admits is never enough – is mainly devoted to the topics of history and philosophy.
At first his aim was simply to fill the gaps in his formal study of history that ended – as it does for many of us – in mandatory classes in high school and college. In talking with him recently, one can only imagine that the incredibly well-read commissioner has very few gaps left.
He has delved into such works as the esoteric tome Europe, A History, which is author Norman Davies’ narrative that covers European history from the Ice Age to the Atomic Age. Solari has re-explored early civilization by reading Greek history, philosophy and mythology. Then he turned his reading to Roman history.
Read the entire article in the Summer 2012 issue