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Candide by VoltaireRead about another entry on Mullan's list.
Voltaire's satire whisks its naive hero around the known world to witness human folly and savagery. In Venice Candide keeps thinking he sees happiness, but then being disabused. The women are mostly whores and the richest man in the city is a jaded epicure. Even the singing gondoliers, he discovers, are faking contentment for tips.
Candide is a book Rolling Stone political columnist Matt Taibbi reads every couple of years.