The Best History Books of 2021

Illuminating tales of the past you won't want to miss.

best history books of 2021
about time

About Time: A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks

By David Rooney

african europeans

African Europeans: An Untold History

By Olivette Otele

empire of pain

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

By Patrick Radden Keefe

the afghanistan papers

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

By Craig Whitlock


Underdogs: Social Deviance and Queer Theory

By Heather Love

upcoming history books 2021

The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen

By Linda Colley

the spectre of war

The Spectre of War: International Communism and the Origins of World War II

By Jonathan Haslam

the light of days

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

By Judy Batalion

how the word is passed

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

By Clint Smith

four lost cities

Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age

By Annalee Newitz