The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Aug 10, 2014

From Texas executions to challenging pictures from the Gulf War, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The Prosecutor and the Snitch By Maurice Possley - The Marsall ProjectDid Texas execute an innocent man?

The Spies Next Door By Matt Mendelsohn - WashingtonianGreat espionage stories are hiding in neighborhoods all over Washington. My mission: to track down the story of the Glomar Explorer, the most ambitious operation in CIA history.

Watching the Eclipse By David Remnick - New YorkerAmbassador Michael McFaul was there when the promise of democracy came to Russia — and when it began to fade.

The War Photo No One Would Publish By Torie Rose DeGhett - The AtlanticWhen Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War. But the media wouldn’t run the picture.

The Wonder Years: An Oral History By Bonnie Stiernberg - Paste MagazineWhen Alley Mills answers her phone for our first interview, she asks me to hold on a second so she can switch phones in order to sit down. She’s on her kitchen landline, she tells me, and I immediately flash back to two images from my childhood. The first is, of course, of Mills as matriarch Norma Arnold on The Wonder Years, answering her kitchen phone, cradling it on her shoulder so as not to waste a free hand while making dinner and wrangling a house full of kids. The second is of my mom doing the same exact thing.

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