The Week’s Best Reads

From the GOP’s unprecedented, big-money-backed crusade to keep Democrats from voting next year to the trail of human wreckage left by reality television, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

09.02.11 11:28 PM ET

The Non-Scenic Route to the Place We’re Going Anyway
John Lanchester, London Review of Books

The measures which might be taken to avoid the years of global stagnation seem fairly obvious. But the grip of anti-spending ideology is so strong throughout the West, and the politicians’ fear of the banks is so entrenched, that the 10-year slog looks more likely.

The GOP War on Voting
Ari Berman, Rolling Stone

In a campaign supported by the Koch brothers, Republicans are working to prevent millions of Democrats from voting next year.

The Curse of Reality TV
Andy Dehnart, Playboy

From the first days of reality TV—narrative, character-driven storytelling that uses real people and real lives as its subject matter—the genre has left a trail of human wreckage.

The God Clause and the Reinsurance Industry
Brendan Greeley, Businessweek

The risk business can tell us a lot about catastrophes. Why don’t we listen?

Better, Faster, Stronger
Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker

Every generation gets the self-help guru it deserves. Timothy Ferriss is ours.

The Trials of Joe McGinniss
Matthew Harwood, Truthout

The muckraking journalist is poised for a monster hit with his Sarah Palin tell-all, The Rogue, but did the bestselling author try to sabotage the work of competing authors to ensure his book’s success?