This Week’s Best Reads

From the woman who might be able to challenge the tech industry boys’ club to the flimsy facts behind Ashton Kutcher’s anti-trafficking advocacy, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

07.09.11 3:00 AM ET

Ken Auletta, The New Yorker

Can Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg upend Silicon Valley’s male-dominated culture?

Drake Bennet, Businessweek

Banks don’t trust her. Republicans won’t confirm her. Yet she’s already won her battle to remake how America borrows.

Steve Fishman, New York

How a lonely, 5-foot-2, gender-questioning soldier became a WikiLeaks hero, a traitor to the United States, and one of the most unusual revolutionaries in American history.

Michael J. Mooney, GQ

Jerry Joseph was a basketball dream: 6-foot-5 and built like LeBron. Then the rumors started—and suddenly the 16-year-old golden boy was more illusion than dream.

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Martin Cizmar, Ellis Conklin, Kristen Hinman, The Village Voice

Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and sex trafficking.

Andrew Marantz, Mother Jones

Lessons learned: Americans are hotheads, Australians are drunks—and never say where you’re calling from.