The Week’s Best Longreads: The Daily Beast Picks for September 22, 2012

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

Where is Cuba Going?John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New York Times MagazineNot long ago, there were smart people who doubted that such a thing as a post-Fidel Cuba could even exist. What comes after the Castros is as much of a mystery as ever.

The Inside Story of a Controversial New GospelAriel Sabar, SmithsonianAccording to a top religion scholar, this 1,600-year-old text fragment suggests that some early Christians believed Jesus was married—possibly to Mary Magdalene.

The Lie FactoryJill Lepore, The New Yorker How American politics became a business.

Among the AlawitesNir Rosen, London Review of BooksWhat a mystical Syrian sect wants for its country.

The Man Who Wasnt There William D. Cohen, Bloomberg BusinessweekAs Treasury Secretary, Robert Rubin oversaw the last great roaring economy—and set the table for its demise. At Citigroup, he was paid $126 million—and the firm almost perished. The tale of a wise man, and a phantom.

Jürgen Habermas Against Europe Bruce Robbins, Los Angeles Review of BooksThe German philosopher unloads on his country’s handling of the debt crisis.

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