The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 3, 2014

From the deadly violence of U.S. border patrol agents to Britney’s lost album, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

05.03.14 9:45 AM ET

Who Will Watch the Watchers?
Nate Blakeslee, Texas Monthly

In an increasingly militarized zone along the Rio Grande, there are more border patrol agents on the ground than ever before, and more violent clashes between agents and Mexican citizens.

Why Only One Banker Went to Jail for the Financial Crisis
Jesse Eisinger, The New York Times Magazine

The economic catastrophe of 2008 was the largest of its kind since the Depression. Who’s taking the fall?

The Secret History of Britney Spears’ Lost Album
Hunter Schwartz, BuzzFeed

Ten years ago, Britney Spears said she was working on an album called Original Doll, but her label denied its existence. The search for Britney’s “lost album,” and the freedom that still eludes her.

The Hunt for El Chapo
Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker

How the world’s most notorious drug lord was captured.

Slut-Shaming Helen of Troy
Emily Wilson, The New Republic

If we blame her for the Trojan War, what does that say about us?

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