The Week’s Best Longreads for May 18, 2013

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

Dirty MedicineKatherine Eban, FortuneThe epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.

Some of My Best Friends Are GermsMichael Pollan, The New York Times MagazineMedicine used to be obsessed with eradicating the tiny bugs that live within us. Now we’re beginning to understand all the ways they keep us healthy.

Laptop UNathan Heller, The New YorkerHas the future of higher education moved online?

Maxed Out on EverestMark Jenkins, National GeographicHow to fix the mess at the top of the world.

How Gitmo Imprisoned ObamaDaniel Klaidman, NewsweekFive years later, Guantánamo is still open. It’s the president’s biggest failure. Now he tries to close it—again.

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