The Week’s Best Longreads for May 10, 2013

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

The Thin Red LineDexter Filkins, The New Yorker

Inside the White House debate over Syria.

The Clinton LegacyMichael Hirsch, Foreign Affairs

How will history judge the soft power of Hillary’s State Department?

The Luckiest Village in the WorldMichael Paterniti, GQ

It was a tiny town of farmers, a village where everyone knew everyone and nearly all struggled to make ends meet. But then, a few days before Christmas, they won the largest lottery in the history of Spain.

A Suicide on Live TVJessica Testa, BuzzFeed

Last September, a car chase through Arizona turned from afternoon diversion to tragedy to referendum on media ethics, but lost in the noise was any sense of who was on the run or why. This is the story behind the spectacle.

My Father, the Good NaziPhilippe Sands, Financial Times

Otto von Wächter was an indicted war criminal implicated in the deaths of tens of thousands of Jews. So how can his son Horst refuse to condemn him?

Can Humans Survive?Annalee Newitz, Newsweek

Five mass extinctions have nearly wiped out life on earth. The sixth is coming.

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