Waterstones: The Best Books of 2020: History


If learning about the past is how we avoid making mistakes in the future then 2020’s crop of history books are of enormous import and value. Patrick Vernon and Angelina Osborne’s groundbreaking survey of Black British pioneers rescued hitherto neglected figures from the margins of history, whilst Margaret MacMillan’s study of war asked probing questions about humanity’s drive to conflict and Chris Bryant’s gripping account of anti-appeasement queer MPs highlighted the importance of standing up to despots and dictators. Elsewhere, we were treated to entertaining takes on English history and Greek myth and gripping true stories of epsionage and fighter aircraft in the Second World War.

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