The Week’s Best Longreads for June 22, 2013

From the company that spies for America to the price of loyalty in Syria, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

06.22.13 8:45 AM ET

The Price of Loyalty in Syria
Robert F. Worth, The New York Times Magazine

Members of the Alawite sect are caught between support for their own increasingly brutal leaders and a rebellion that may want to wipe them off the map.

Shadow Empire
Drake Bennett and Michael Riley, Businessweek

Inside Booz Allen, the multibillion-dollar company that spies for America.

Why Men Still Cant Have it All
Richard Dorment, Esquire

Lately, the raging debate about issues of “work-life balance” has focused on whether or not women can “have it all.” Entirely lost in this debate is the growing strain of work-life balance on men, who today are feeling the competing demands of work and home as much or more than women.

Gagged by Big Ag
Ted Genoways, Mother Jones

Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is … exposing it?

Graeme Wood, New York

I watched online as a college classmate went from disgrace to redemption in months. That’s when I found myself deep in the world of black-ops reputation management.

The Fight for Black Men
Joshua DuBois, Newsweek

There are more African-Americans on probation, parole, or in prison today than there were slaves in 1850. It is not a crisis of crime. It is a crisis of people being left behind.

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