06.24.11

This Week’s Best Reads

From the revelations of a Pulitzer Prize-winning illegal immigrant to the hunt for the next Bin Laden, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

“A Dirty Business” 
George Packer, The New Yorker

New York City’s top prosecutor takes on Wall Street crime.

“My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant"
Jose Antonio Vargas, The New York Times Magazine

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter writes about his illegal American Dream.

“The Next Bin Laden” 
Patrick Symmes, GQ

With Osama dead, U.S. intelligence is zeroing in on the remaining most-dangerous-terrorists alive, and one man is at the top of the list. Of the 18 terror attacks attempted in the United States over the past two years, Anwar al-Awlaki's fingerprints are on eight of them. The moderate-turned-radical is eloquent, he is popular—and he's American.

“Everything You Know about the Collapse of the Soviet Union is Wrong” 
Leon Aron, Foreign Policy

And why it matters today in a new age of revolution.

“The Beer Archaeologist” 
Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian

By analyzing ancient pottery, Patrick McGovern is resurrecting the libations that fueled civilization.

“The Fugitive Guru” 
Ben Crair, The Daily Beast

Prakashanand Saraswati led one of the top Hindu temples in the United States until a jury convicted him of molesting children and he took off for Mexico.