The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for May 26, 2012

From the the child abuse epidemic that destroyed an Oklahoma megachurch to Muammar Gaddafi’s massive spy network, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

05.26.12 8:45 AM ET

The Yankee Commandante
David Grann, The New Yorker

A story of love, revolution and betrayal.

Grace in Broken Arrow
Kiera Feldman, This Land

How lust, greed and denial corroded an Oklahoma megachurch and shattered the lives of its victims and their families.

The Battleground
Alex MacGillis, The New Republic

Over the past year, Ohio politics has been in upheaval. What does that mean for November?

Jamming Tripoli
Matthieu Aikins, Wired

Inside Muammar Gaddafi’s secret surveillance network.

Roland Barthes Gave Us the TV Recap
Sam Anderson, The New York Times Magazine

What would the man who essentially created cultural criticism make of a world in which criticism has become a kind of pop culture?

The Mystery of the Multiverse
Brian Greene, Newsweek

The latest developments in cosmology point toward the possibility that our universe is merely one of billions.

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