The Week’s Best Business and Finance Longreads: Business Beast’s Picks for the Week of November 9, 2012

From Monopoly to Hispanic immigrants revitalizing the Midwest, The Daily Beast picks the best business and finance journalism from around the Web this week.

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Monopoly Is Theft Christopher Ketcham, Harper’sDid America’s most capitalist board game start as a way to promote an obscure 19th century economic philosophy?

S&P Gets In Trouble For Giving AAA Rating to Obviously Terrible ThingMatt Levine, DealbreakerIt was a product designed purely to game S&P’s models, and now the ratings agency is paying the price.

Wall Street’s Love Affair With Ireland May Be OverCyrus Sanati, FortuneNo European country flew so high—and crashed so hard—as Ireland. Is the “Celtic Tiger” really back?

How Zara Grew Into the World’s Largest Fashion RetailerSuzy Hansen, New York Times MagazineZara’s parent company makes 840 million garments that it sells in nearly 6,000 stores, and made the media-shy Spaniard Amancio Ortega Gaona the third richest man in the world.

Heartland Draws Hispanics to Help Revive Small Towns Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal Small town America isn’t dying, but it is getting browner.