12.10.11 4:00 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for December 10, 2011
A Boy Learns to Brawl
John Branch, The New York Times
The King of All Vegas Real Estate Scams
Felix Gillette, Businessweek
A twisted tale of how homeowners were bilked by those they least suspected: their neighbors.
The Trial of Stephen Glass
Jack Shafer, Reuters
Journalism’s most famous, most shameless fabulist is back, and his fight to practice law in California gives us a look at his sordid psyche.
The People Who Hate Tim Tebow
Chuck Klosterman, Grantland
On the most (curious, complicated, downright strange) polarizing athlete of our age.
Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic
The belief that the Civil War wasn’t for us was the result of the country’s long search for a narrative that could reconcile white people with each other, one that avoided what professional historians now know to be true: that one group of Americans attempted to raise a country wholly premised on property in Negroes, and that another group of Americans, including many Negroes, stopped them.
Trial of the Will
Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair
Reviewing familiar principles and maxims in the face of mortal illness, Christopher Hitchens has found one of them increasingly ridiculous: “Whatever doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Oh, really?