The Week’s Best Longreads for August 24, 2013

From the NRA’s secret database to missionaries trying to save Massachusetts—the best journalism this week.

How The NRA Built A Massive Secret Database Of Gun Owners

Steve Friess, BuzzFeed

While the National Rifle Association publicly fights against a national gun registry, the organization has gone to incredible lengths to compile information on “tens of millions” of gun owners—without their consent.

Roger Federer Can Still Get His Game Face On

Michael Steinberger, The New York Times Magazine

But has tennis left him behind?

Ripping Off Young America

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education, saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy.

On a Mission to Save Godless Massachusetts

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald, Globe Magazine

Evangelical Christians are arriving from Texas and elsewhere to take back a blue state.

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Who is Ali Khamenei?

Akbar Ganji, Foreign Affairs

The worldview of Iran’s supreme leader.

After Bloomberg

Ken Auletta, The New Yorker

What kind of New York is the controversial mayor leaving his predecessor?

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