The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for Jan. 28, 2012

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

Israel vs. Iran Ronen Bergman, The New York Times Magazine

When will it explode?

The Obama MemosRyan Lizza, The New Yorker

The making of a post-post-partisan president.

Amazon’s Hit ManBrad Stone, Businessweek

Larry Kirshbaum was the ultimate book-industry insider—until Amazon called.

A Life in Writing Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian
“The nirvana would be if the questions raised by Oprah Winfrey would be answered by the faculty at Harvard,” says Alain de Botton, author of Religion for Atheists.The Revolt of the Salaried Bourgeoisie Slavoj Žižek, London Review of BooksHow the chance to be exploited in a long-term job came to be seen as a privilege.

The Trillion-Dollar Woman Christopher Dickey, Newsweek
 Christopher Dickey’s exclusive interview with Christine Lagarde, the woman at the center of the global financial storm.