What are the best recommended books by Penguin Classics?

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    Utopia by Thomas More is a philosophical satire originally published in 1516. This book explores a fictional island and its government and religious customs. It was first released in Latin and later on translated into different languages.


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    Jean Porter
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Utopia by Thomas More is a philosophical satire. It has nothing to do with Penguin the publisher, but it is a classic."
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    #2A Room of One's Own

    A Room of One's Own

    In A Room of One's Own, author Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister equal in talent, and genius, but her legacy is radically different. She never writes a word and dies by her own hand.


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    Judith Reyes
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "100 years later, she still inspires great insights into the common heritage of women. In eloquent, often poetic language, mrs Woolf makes us see the world through the eyes of Shakespeare's sister. She makes us see how women's toil has barred women from participating in the learned world. We shall not excuse ourselves for producing our offspring, but with modernity comes the responsibility to seize the opportunity to be educated, writing, productive citizens in more than one way. We shall not let ourselves be ignored or set aside, because our experiences are no less important than those of men. And our experience is the source of a different writing than that of men. Thank you for making me proud of my gender."
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    #3The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.

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    Crystal Perry
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A rewarding look into Communism. It can be a bit of a drag at times due to the repetition of Marx, but it will open your eyes to the theories and struggle of society dealing with politics and continuous class inequalities. It is still relevant to this day and I'd put it on a must read list."
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    #4The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

    The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays
    Albert Camus wrote The Myth of Sisyphus becoming one of the most influential philosophical works of the 20th Century. Under the influence of Don Juan and Kafka's works, this book is a meditation on suicide and living or not living. 


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    Arthur Guerrero
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I can't recommend The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays enough. Very thought provoking. "
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    #5The Art of War

    The Art of War

    The Art of War is a classic influential book of military strategy, divided into 13 chapters covering all the steps of battle and written by Sun Tzu. The book includes wisdom for any aspiring leader.


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    Christina Murphy
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I know it's a classic, but it was pretty boring for me. I don't think this is one of the best books by Penguin Classics. There are better classics that are published by them."
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    #6The Social Contract

    The Social Contract
    The Social Contract is written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and translated by Maurice Cranston was originally published in 1762. This book about French revolution tackles the Origin of Inequality and Political Economy.

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    Christina Munoz
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I don't know if I'd say this was a great read. Rousseau is an important philosopher and I read this when I was in high school and then again when I was in college. It's sort of a must read and probably would be great in today's political climate. I like politics and history, so this made sense given my avocation. But it's hardly light reading before bedtime! A classic, it is - but fun reading? Not at all. "
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    #7On Liberty

    On Liberty

    On Liberty is a non-fiction book written by John Stuart Mill. This book was published in 1859. It presents the nineteenth century's views about the social and political philosophy.


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    Shaurya Mehra
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Mill was an atheist and decidedly anti-Christian, and I state this for those who need to take this into account before reading an essay on world view. Despite this fact, John Stuart Mill would be most displeased with how Christians and religious conservatives are being vilified these days. He is definitely NOT in favor of shutting down dissenting opinions or open discussions, and the book has some potent quotes that could be applied to today's "politically correct" shenanigans. He makes a very strong case against the type of soft tyranny we are seeing today with regard to prevailing opinions on controversial topics. He clearly states that protection from government tyranny is not enough; there is also the tyranny of popular opinion toward unpopular opinion, and that people should be protected from this as well. Timely and relevant. Warning: the book is short, but it is not an "easy read." Well worth it nonetheless."
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    #8Why I Write

    Why I Write

    Why I Write is a collection of essays by the well-known author, George Orwell. It includes four essays, including one that chronicles Orwell's journey in writing, beginning with his literary ambitions as a child. 


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    #9Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching

    Tao Te Ching is a non-fiction spiritual book written by Lao Tzu. This Chinese classic self-help philosophy book is about Taoism and published in 1989 by Vintage.


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    Stephanie Ward
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "not interesting"
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    #10Great Ideas Some Thoughts On the Common Toad

    Great Ideas Some Thoughts On the Common Toad

    Some Thoughts on the Common Toad is written by George Orwell which is a collection of essays painting an image of the humanity. It also includes an essay on an account of killing an elephant in Burma. 


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    #11Secrets In Phoenix (Phoenix Holt)

    Secrets In Phoenix (Phoenix Holt)

    Secrets In Phoenix (Phoenix Holt) is a Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult Fiction novel written by Gabriella Lepore. It was published October 12, 2015 by Oftomes Publishing.


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    Juan Sullivan
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Secrets in Phoenix was an okay book. Gabriella Lepore is known for her fantasy and paranormal books but I just did not like this one that much. However, if you are a fan of romance with a mix of paranormal activity, you will enjoy this one."


Best What are the best recommended books by Penguin Classics
1UtopiaBooks 44 Paid
2A Room of One's OwnBooks 41 Paid
3The Communist ManifestoBooks 37 Paid
4The Myth of Sisyphus and Other EssaysBooks 36 Paid
5The Art of WarBooks 35 Paid
6The Social ContractBooks 32 Paid
7On LibertyBooks 31 Paid
8Why I WriteBooks 29 Paid
9Tao Te ChingBooks 26 Paid
10Great Ideas Some Thoughts On the Common Toad Books 23 Paid

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