The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for October 27, 2012

From the outrage of American solitary confinement to the Romney family’s myth of self-reliance, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

10.27.12 8:45 AM ET

Solitary in Iran Nearly Broke Me. Then I Went Inside Americas Prisons.
Shane Bauer, Mother Jones

We throw thousands of men in the hole for the books they read, the company they keep, the beliefs they hold. Here’s why.

The Voter-Fraud Myth
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

The man who stoked fear of impostors at the polls.

A Ruling Familys Hidden Riches
David Barboza, The New York Times

How did so many relatives of China’s prime minister go from rags to riches since he’s been in office?

Growing Up Romney
Noam Schreiber, The New Republic

Mitt, Tagg, and the Romney family myth of self-reliance.

The Truck Stop Killer
Vanessa Veselka, GQ

He was methodical, he rode the highways, and he preyed on teenage girls no one would miss. In the summer of 1985, the author was such a girl. Now, years later, she returns to the scenes of her fugitive youth looking for clues to that terror—and the girls who lost their lives to it.

The New Pot Barons
Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek 

Pot use in the United States is rising sharply, and voters may make it fully legal in two states this fall. Smart businessmen are banking on that happening.

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