The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for Sept. 15, 2012

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

Obama’s Way Michael Lewis, Vanity Fair Six months with the president.

Anatomy of a Campus CoupAndrew Rice, The New York Times Magazine What does the failed ouster of Teresa Sullivan, the University of Virginia’s president, mean for higher education?

Paddled Christopher Beam, GQ Finding his way in Beijing was rough, so Christopher Beam turned to something he was good at—Ping-Pong—to try to assimilate. Then the pre-teen ping-machines gave him a taste of China’s national pastime.

Rising Together Maria Bustillos, Los Angeles Review of Books A corrective to the debate over Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men.

A Philosopher Defends ReligionThomas Nagel, New York Review of Books

The celebrated New York University philosopher reviews a new book by Christian epistemologist Alvin Plantinga.

The Worst Drug Scandal of All Time 
Roger Williams and Jonathan Stone, NewsweekThe Nazis and thalidomide.For more great longreads, visit our friends at Longreads.com.