08.25.12 8:45 AM ET
The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for August 24, 2012
Schmooze or Lose
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker
Obama doesn’t like cozying up to billionaires. Could it cost him the election?
Venus and Serena Against the World
John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New York Times Magazine
How the two sisters—and their extremely unlikely family—beat tennis.
Fear of a Black President
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic
As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.
Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools is Wrong
Kristina Rizga, Mother Jones
Attendance: up. Dropout rates: plummeting. College acceptance: through the roof. My mind-blowing year inside a “low-performing” school.
The Truth About the World Trade Center
Scott Rabb, Esquire
As the “Freedom Tower” reaches its full height, the inside story of boondoggles, self-dealing, common corruption, and why it has all taken so long.
The Real Indiana Jones
Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek
Forrest Fenn has hidden a million dollars’ worth of antiques—and he wants you to discover it. Is he a modern-day treasure hunter or a grave robber?
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