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The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Oct 27-Nov 2, 2014

Questioning Islam in Saudi Arabia, the greatest counterfeiter ever and renting manservants, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Questioning the Faith in the Cradle of IslamBy Caryle Murphy, Foreign PolicyIn Saudi Arabia, a new generation is pushing back against the government’s embrace of fundamentalism. But is the kingdom ready for nonbelievers?

My CaptivityBy Theo Padnos, The New York TimesTheo Padnos, American Journalist, on Being Kidnapped, Tortured and Released in Syria.

The Great Paper CaperBy Wells Tower, GQYears of running drugs and boosting cars left FRANK BOURASSA thinking: There's got to be an easier way to earn a dishonest living. That's when he nerved up the idea to make his fortune. (Literally.) Which is how Frank became the most prolific counterfeiter in American history—a guy with more than $200 million in nearly flawless fake twenties stuffed in a garage. How he got away with it all, well, that's even crazier.

How Gangs Took Over PrisonsBy Graeme Wood, The AtlanticOriginally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.

Against the GrainBy Michael Specter, The New YorkerShould you go gluten-free?

The Uber for Gentleman CompanionsBy Julieanne Smolinski, MatterA new San Francisco startup promises “what women really want.” Which is, apparently, a model-hot guy to do their bidding. A ManServant.

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