The Week’s Best Longreads for May 18, 2013

From the epic fraud behind the popular drug Lipitor to higher education’s new internet craze, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

05.18.13 8:45 AM ET

Dirty Medicine
Katherine Eban, Fortune

The epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.

Some of My Best Friends Are Germs
Michael Pollan, The New York Times Magazine

Medicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.

Laptop U
Nathan Heller, The New Yorker

Has the future of higher education moved online?

Maxed Out on Everest
Mark Jenkins, National Geographic

How to fix the mess at the top of the world.

How Gitmo Imprisoned Obama
Daniel Klaidman, Newsweek

Five years later, Guantánamo is still open. It’s the president’s biggest failure. Now he tries to close it—again.

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