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The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for Oct. 13, 2012

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By David Sessions.

The Dead Are Real
Larissa Macfarquhar, The New YorkerHilary Mantel’s imagination.

The Revolution Eats Its Own Jonathan Chait, The New RepublicHow the GOP destroyed its moderates.

A Home at the End of Google Earth David Kushner, Vanity FairSeparated from his older brother at a train station, 5-year-old Saroo Munshi Khan found himself lost in the slums of Calcutta. Nearly 20 years later, living in Australia, he began a painstaking search for his birth home, using ingenuity, hazy memories, and Google Earth.

The Not-So-Beautiful Game Patrick Symmes, OutsideIn Argentina, rival soccer fans don’t just hate, they kill, and the violent partisans of top clubs fuel crime syndicates that influence the sport at its highest levels. Patrick Symmes braves the bottle rockets, howling mobs, urine bombs, and drunken grannies on a wild ride through the scariest fútbol underworld on earth.

The Life of a SalesmanEli Saslow, The Washington PostSelling success when the American dream is downsized.

Hate the Beatles!Mark Edmundsun, Los Angeles Review of BooksHe grew up evangelizing against the Beatles, and eventually succumbed. But those few years of loathing mattered even more than the eventual craze.For more great longreads, visit our friends at Longreads.com.