The Week’s Best Longreads for March 30, 2013

From the sensational meltdown of NBC’s ‘Today’ to the cruel injustice of three-strikes laws, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

03.30.13 8:45 AM ET

The Master
Marc Fisher, The New Yorker

A charismatic teacher enthralled his students. Was he abusing them?

Long Night at Today
Joe Hagan, New York

Matt Lauer and the spectacular meltdown of NBC’s number-one morning show.

How Samsung Became #1
Sam Grobart, Businessweek

The South Korean conglomerate wins at smartphones because of its size—and the paranoia of Chairman Lee Kun Hee.

Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks.

The Passion of Lew Wallace
John Swansburg, Slate

The incredible story of how a disgraced Civil War general became one of the best-selling novelists in American history.

My Gucci Addiction
Buzz Bissinger, GQ

My name is Buzz Bissinger. I am 58 years old, the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights, father of three, husband. And I am a shopaholic

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