- Series: Penguin Modern Classics
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classic (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141184639
- ISBN-13: 978-0141184630
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,982,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Classics Anecdotes Of Destiny (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – International Edition, May 1, 2001
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Sudden revelations and decisions
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