The Week’s Best Reads

From America’s failing universities to the secrets of great innovators, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

11.12.11 5:52 AM ET

The Rising Price of an Israeli Life
Ronen Bergman, New York Times Magazine

Understanding the exchange of a single Israeli prisoner for 1,027 Palestinians.

Why Are Our Universities Failing?
Anthony Grafton, New York Review of Books

They’re charging students more and giving them less. But that’s only one of the problems.

The Party of the Rich
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone

How Republicans abandoned the middle class.

The Tweaker
Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

The real genius of Steve Jobs.

Capitalism vs. The Climate
Naomi Klein, The Nation

Denialists are dead wrong about the science. But they understand something the left still doesn’t get about the revolutionary meaning of climate change.

Drop Dead
Laurie Winer, Los Angeles Review of Books

The dismantling of the Los Angeles Times.