The Week’s Best Longreads for September 14, 2013

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


"Ditto Boys"by Jeff Sharlet, Killing the Buddha.

Inside a feeder school for The Family, a secretive global network of evangelical power players.

"How Chris McCandless Died"by Jon Krakauer, The New Yorker.

The author of Into the Wild review new evidence that appears to close the case on how the subject of his bestselling book died in the wilderness.

"Hiding in Virginia, a Daughter of Auschwitz"by Thomas Harding, The Washington Post.

Brigitte Höss lives quietly on a leafy side street in Northern Virginia. She recently was diagnosed with cancer and spends much of her days dealing with the medical consequences. She also has a secret that not even her grandchildren know: her father designed and built Auschwitz.

"Is Tom Matlack Bad for Good Men?"by Theodore Ross, BuzzFeed.

The now-departed founder of the Good Men Project wanted to set an example and provide a forum for guys to express themselves about their own doubts and struggles, only to wind up alienating feminists, publishing an unapologetic rapist, and seemingly abandoning his own lofty ideals.

"The Rise of the New New Left"by Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast.

Bill de Blasio’s win in New York’s Democratic primary isn’t a local story. It’s part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American political thinking.

"The Underdog"by Simon van Zoylen-Wood, Newsweek.

What’s it like to be a serious, earnest person running a completely doomed race against one of the biggest political celebrities of our time? Barbara Buono, Chris Christie’s Democratic rival for the New Jersey governorship, is finding out.

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