The Week’s Best Business Longreads: Business Beast’s Picks for Dec. 9, 2012

How tax breaks backfire, a reclusive Israeli billionaire who got rich off African minerals, and more. The Daily Beast picks the best business and finance journalism from around the Web.

12.09.12 9:45 AM ET

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price
Louise Story, The New York Times 

The epic, three-part series looking at how governments try to create jobs and end up holding the bill.

Gertler Earns Billions as Mine Deals Fail to Enrich Congo
Franz Wild, Michael J. Kavanagh, and Jonathan Ferziger, Bloomberg Markets Magazine 

The story of the reclusive, Israeli billionaire who owns a big chunk of the world’s cobalt supply–in the war-torn and corrupt Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Trail to a Hedge Fund, From a Cluster of Cases
Petter Lattman, The New York Times 

“As the authorities painstakingly pieced together dozens of cases across multiple, overlapping conspiracies, again and again one name kept popping up: Mr. Cohen’s SAC.” The inside story of the government’s pursuit of one of the most successful–and infamous--hedge funders.

Tim Cook's Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks
Josh Tyrangiel, Bloomberg Businessweek

The big news from Cook’s chat with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel was that some Mac manufacturing will return to the U.S., but Cook’s lengthiest interview since taking over for Steve Jobs has so much more.

Thomson Reuters Tie-Up Pressures Canadian Scion
Alistair MacDonald, Anupreeta Das, and Russell Adams, Wall Street Journal

The management struggle at the heart of Canada’s wealthiest family and the company they run.

The Crazy Keyboards of Yesteryear
Sara Goldsmith, Slate

An illustrated tour of a land before QWERTY.