The Week’s Best Longreads for August 24, 2013

From the NRA’s secret database of gun owners to missionaries trying to save Massachusetts, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

08.24.13 1:57 PM ET

Steve Friess, BuzzFeed

While the National Rifle Association publicly fights against a national gun registry, the organization has gone to incredible lengths to compile information on “tens of millions” of gun owners—without their consent.

Michael Steinberger, The New York Times Magazine

But has tennis left him behind?

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education, saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy.

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald, Globe Magazine

Evangelical Christians are arriving from Texas and elsewhere to take back a blue state.

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Akbar Ganji, Foreign Affairs

The worldview of Iran’s supreme leader.

Ken Auletta, The New Yorker

What kind of New York is the controversial mayor leaving his predecessor?

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