From Captain Cook to Bob Dylan: Book ideas for Father’s Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day. In case you are still looking for gift ideas, take a look at selection of Yale books on a variety of topics that are bound to keep Dad busy… 

Finding decent gifts for Father’s Day is always tricky, but you can’t go wrong with a well-chosen book (it is certainly more interesting than a necktie). Whether it’s history, politics, sport or entertainment, Yale University Press have more than enough books on interesting topics to keep Dad busy until next year. Take a look at a small selection below.


Captain CookCaptain Cook: Master of the Seas
by Frank McLynn

Bestselling biographer Frank McLynn presents a vivid, remarkable reappraisal of Captain James Cook, illuminating an aspect of the legendary explorer’s life that has been largely overlooked by recent writers: his identity as a brilliant seaman.

DemobbedDemobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War
by Alan Allport

Winner of the Longman-History Today Award! Drawing on letters, diaries, newspapers, reports, novels and films, Alan Allport illuminates the darker side of the homecoming experience for veterans, their families and British society at large.


Losing ControlLosing Control: The Emerging Threats to Western Prosperity
by Stephen D. King

In this vividly written and compellingly argued book, Stephen D. King, the global chief economist at HSBC, suggests that the decades ahead will see a major redistribution of wealth and power across the globe that will force consumers in the US and Europe to stop living beyond their means.

Southern AfricaSouthern Africa: Old Treacheries and New Deceits
by Stephen Chan

In this timely and important book, Stephen Chan explores the political landscape of southern Africa, examining how it’s poised to change over the next years and what the repercussions will be across the continent.

Music and Sport

Bob DlyanBob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown
by David Yaffe

Literary scholar and music critic David Yaffe offers an appreciative yet incisive look at the different facets of Bob Dylan’s life, half-century career, and cultural impact, published to coincide with the singer’s seventieth birthday.

Joe LouisJoe Louis: Hard Times Man
by Randy Roberts

This is the definitive biography of the most famous African American of the mid-twentieth century: his life, the complex cast of characters around him, and his importance to civil rights.

All of these books are available to buy from Yale University Press

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