The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for August 24, 2012

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

Schmooze or LoseJane Mayer, The New YorkerObama doesn’t like cozying up to billionaires. Could it cost him the election?

Venus and Serena Against the WorldJohn Jeremiah Sullivan, The New York Times MagazineHow the two sisters—and their extremely unlikely family—beat tennis.

Fear of a Black President Ta-Nehisi Coates, The AtlanticAs a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.

Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools is Wrong Kristina Rizga, Mother JonesAttendance: up. Dropout rates: plummeting. College acceptance: through the roof. My mind-blowing year inside a “low-performing” school.

The Truth About the World Trade Center Scott Rabb, EsquireAs the “Freedom Tower” reaches its full height, the inside story of boondoggles, self-dealing, common corruption, and why it has all taken so long.

The Real Indiana Jones Tony Dokoupil, NewsweekForrest Fenn has hidden a million dollars’ worth of antiques—and he wants you to discover it. Is he a modern-day treasure hunter or a grave robber?

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