The Best Non-Fiction Books I Read in 2020

In a year with lots of spare time for reading, several non-fiction books have helped me broaden my horizons and learn more about the world around me.

This year has been a chance to reflect and think more deeply about the world around us. Whether that be the incredible work of medical professionals, the Black Lives Matter movement or learning more about my subject, this year I have focused on expanding my horizons with the books I’ve been reading.

Here is a list of the five best non-fiction books that I’ve read this year.

When breath becomes air — Paul Kalanithi (2016)

The History of the World in 21 Women — Jenni Murray (2018)

Behave — Robert Sapolsky (2017)

For a more detailed review of Behave, from a neuroscientist’s point of view, here is a post I wrote when I read the book back in April: A Neuroscientist reads… Robert Sapolsky’s Behave.

Superior: The Return of Race Science — Angela Saini (2019)

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire — Akala (2018)

You can read more about why I found Superior and Natives so impactful in my blog post about the books I found most impactful in 2020. I’ve also put together a list of the best fiction books I read in 2020, which can be found here.

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