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These are the words, ideas, and actions that have shaped American society and government.

By mapping out our constitutional history, Civic Classics help us navigate through our present challenges, a journey better enjoyed as a participant rather than a bystander.

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Penguin Women Writers

Four books chosen by authors Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie to mark the centenary of the first British women receiving the right to vote.

Penguin Pocket Hardbacks

Books that have changed the history of thought, in sumptuous, clothbound hardbacks.

Penguin Monarchs

The acclaimed Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers

Great Kerouac

The covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline.

Penguin Faux Leather Edition

A special set of 10 hardcover classics, designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, that innovatively use foil and a special new binding material to create a highly collectible set.

F Scott Fitzgerald Hardback Collection

These sumptuous hardback editions designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith were published in 2010 to mark the 70th anniversary of Fitzgerald's death.