Father's Day is fast approaching (it's June 21st — you can thank us later), and you probably haven't even begun thinking about a present, much less come to a conclusion. But don't panic; we're here to help. Below you'll find a list of great gift ideas from Nation Books that we know your dad would love to read.
Nation Books for your soccer — sorry, football obsessed dad
Soccer is the world's most popular sport, and the only thing more massive than its fan base is the amount of passion its followers show for "the beautiful game." Whether your dad carried his fanaticism for the game from the old country or he's a curious new fan riding the growing tidal wave of popularity in the United States, he will love the selection of cutting-edge soccer analysis Nation Books has to offer.
BY STEFAN SZYMANSKI
The coauthor of Soccernomics and professor of sports management at the University of Michigan delivers an approachable introduction to soccer finance—explaining how player salaries, club profits, and wealthy investors determine the fate of your favorite team.
"Another essential document from one of the top thinkers about modern-day sports." —Booklist
BY SIMON KUPER
In Soccer Men, Kuper explores the heart and soul of the sport by getting up close and personal with soccer's greatest players and coaches, including Arsène Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Josep Guardiola, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and David Beckham.
"Sprightly, skeptical, and vastly informative… [Kuper] turns us into more alert, more intelligent, more grateful spectators of the beautiful game." —the New Yorker, Book Bench Blog
Nation Books for your history buff dad
Do you ever get the feeling that your dad imagines himself reading while sitting in a large, comfortable armchair next to the fire, puffing on an ornate pipe? Then he'd love one of Nation Books' critically acclaimed history titles.
BY NOMI PRINS
All the Presidents' Bankers is a groundbreaking narrative of how an elite group of men transformed the American economy and government, dictated foreign and domestic policy, and shaped world history.
"A calm, authoritative elucidation of verifiable history"—Financial Times
BY NELSON A. DENIS
The powerful, untold story of the 1950 revolution in Puerto Rico, and the long history of U.S. intervention in the island.
"A pointed, relentless chronicle of a despicable part of past American foreign policy."—Kirkus
Nation Books for your news junkie dad
With Nation Books' selection of top-of-the-line investigative journalism, you can ensure your dad gets the stories you can't always find in the mainstream media.
BY CHRIS HEDGES
Chris Hedges, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner, offers a compelling case for the necessity of resistance in our turbulent times, and shows how people around the world are already rebelling.
"A call for a new American revolution.... Like early-20th-century muckraking journalists and, more recently, I.F. Stone, Hedges makes a boisterous, outspoken contribution to revolutionizing the national conversation."—Kirkus
BY MAX BLUMENTHAL
2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award
An explosive exposé into the radical right-wing state of Israeli politics from one of our most controversial investigative reporters.
"Goliath is a particular kind of exposé-minded, documentary-broadside journalism whose place we generally recognize and respect."—James Fallows, the Atlantic
Nation Books about Global Surveillance for your tech-wary father
Your dad grew up in a very different time, and as the traditions and tools of his generation become progressively obsolete with the ever-increasing speed of the information age, it is only natural that he will react to new technologies with fear and paranoia. With Nation Books' latest books on the dangers of big data, you can give your father the joy of validating his instinctual mistrust of the online world.
BY ANNA BERNASEK AND D.T. MONGAN
The next frontier in business has the power to disrupt free market capitalism as we know it: the use of big data to create dynamic, custom pricing for goods and services based on what you can and will pay.
"All You Can Pay is a truly devastating critique of today's information-based, predatory capitalism that everyone must read. Indeed, it's arguably the Das Kapital of the 21st Century."—Laurence Kotlikoff, economist and bestselling author of The Coming Generational Storm
BY ROBERT SCHEER
Robert Scheer argues that the information revolution contains the seeds of freedom's destruction in the form of a surveillance state that exceeds the wildest dream of the most ingenious dictator—and represents an existential threat to the liberation of the human spirit.
"Scheer powerfully connects the dots of our chilling Orwellian present, one in which privacy is considered a luxury, rather than a right."—Publishers Weekly