Published anonymously in 1776 – the year of the American Declaration of Independence – Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ became an immediate bestseller. More than any other factor, it was this pamphlet which sparked off the movement that established the independence of the United States.
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 Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are.