The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, February 8, 2014

From Vladimir Putin’s loneliness at the top to a creepy, secretive supermarket chain, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

02.08.14 10:45 AM ET

The Loneliness of Vladimir Putin
Julia Ioffe, The New Republic

He crushed his opposition but has nothing to show for it but a country that’s falling apart.

A Valuable Reputation
Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker

After Tyrone Hayes said a chemical was harmful, its maker pursued him.

This Land Was Your Land
Christopher Ketcham, The American Prospect

In Utah and other western state, the country’s most pristine wilderness faces new threats from Big Energy and its powerful allies.

The Office of the Future
Jay Monaco, Jacobin

A view inside C&S Wholesale Grocers, America’s secret corporate empire, home to the future of white-collar exploitation.

A Failed Televangelist Exorcised My Demons Over Skype
Scott Bixby, The Daily Beast

Bob Larson has performed more than 20,000 exorcisms over the past 30 years. Now, he’s using Skype to target Satan—and easy marks for his buck-raking ministry.