Shopping for dads can be tough. We’re here to make it easy the next time his birthday, father’s day, or the holidays come around. Below are 5 books that we guarantee will make your dad giggle!
Peter Singer’s seminal work is a harrowing peak into animal cruelty in industrial society. Credited with elevating the animal welfare movement into public consciousness, Singer makes a powerful argument against the suffering of non-humans. This controversial philosophical query into mankind’s exploitative relationship with non-human beings will have your father screaming in laughter. Your dad is going to recommend it to all his friends!
Karl Marx’s foundational text on the economic inequalities inherent to capitalist society is sure to get your dad chuckling like he’s watching Animal House for the first time again. Whether it’s Marx’s political views on property rights, the means of production, and the surplus value of unpaid labor is going to be a hit with anyone who grew up loving the loud, slapstick comedy of John Belushi.
Fair warning: after gifting your dad Chairman Mao’s little red book of his most significant and influential speeches and statements, he is not going to stop quoting it to get a laugh out of your family and his buddies. He’ll never touch his pile of old Mad Magazines ever again once he gets his hands on this!
Your dad may not know it yet, but Lena Dunham is the voice of his generation. Just a few chapters of the Girls creator’s autobiography will make that abundantly clear to him. As soon as your dad opens this book, you will see a smile creep across his face and his belly begin to rise and fall with whooping laughter so loud your neighbors will call in a noise complaint!
In the early 1970s, Dr. Theodore Kaczyinski abandoned the trappings of materialist society and disappeared to a primitive cabin in off-the-grid Montana, where he eventually wrote a treatise on the struggle between technology and freedom that your dad will soon hold in the same tier as Eddie Murphy’s Raw. This document will cause your father to question everything he knows about comedy.
Happy reading, dads!