Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now, in this beautifully presented new series, Penguin have brought together the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilisation, and helped make us who we are. From Swift's unique satire on politics, religion, fashion and madness with its witty digressions and dissection of the art of fiction to Mary Wollstonecraft's passionate declaration of female independence, this selection has been designed to inspire debate and to underpin a lifetime of learning. The box with this set is for protection in transit only and not a slipcase.