The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, April 12, 2014

From the hilarious season of China’s football league to the man to the Boston bombing survivor facing her 17th surgery, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Recovery Puzzle

Monica Hesse, The Washington Post

A new factory in Ohio struggles to match jobs to job-seekers.

Year of the Pigskin

Christopher Beam, The New Republic

My hilarious, heartbreaking, triumphant season with the American Football League of China.

Is There Hope For Survivors of the Drug War?

Monica Potts, The American Prospect

Criminalized and discarded, falling at the bottom of every statistic, they want something better.

Meet the Bag Man

Steven Godfrey, SB Nation

How to buy college football players, in the words of the man who delivers the money.

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The Revolution in Reverse

Chris Lehmann, The Baffler

The neoliberal flight from public responsibility is a tangled, and curiously instructive, tale of strikingly other-than-intended consequences.

The 17th Surgery

Eric Larson, Mashable

One year after the Boston bombing, a maimed survivor faces the choice of amputation.

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