The Week’s Best Longreads for August 17, 2013

From the pirate behind the black market website Silk Road to a serial killer who trolls Craiglist for vulnerable white men, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

08.17.13 4:00 AM ET

Meet the Dread Pirate Roberts
Andy Greenberg, Forbes

The man behind the booming black market website Silk Road.

The Bullshit Police
Michael Moynihan, Newsweek

Inside a brilliant, nerdy, and sort of insufferable movement that questions everything—and wants to upend the way you live and think.

Murder by Craiglist
Hanna Rosin, The Atlantic

A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims: white, working-class men.

The New German Question
Timothy Garton Ash, The New York Review of Books

Europe’s currency union was rushed into being to constrain Germany and keep France in the driver’s seat. But economic crisis swapped their roles. The trouble is, Germany has no interest in taking control.

The City That Always Sucks
Ray Lemoine and John Liam Policastro, Vocativ

Boston and the embarrassing legacy of Whitey Bulger.

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