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Longreads Best of 2012: The New Yorker's David Grann

PUBLISHED: Dec. 4, 2012
LENGTH: 1 minutes (261 words)

The Yankee Comandante

A story of love and revolution in Cuba. William Morgan was a free-spirited American drawn to Cuba to help Castro fight, only to grow disenchanted with his embrace of communism:

"One day in the spring of 1958, while Morgan was visiting a guerrilla camp for a meeting of the Second Front’s chiefs of staff, he encountered a rebel he had never seen before: small and slender, with a face shielded by a cap. Only up close was it evident that the rebel was a woman. She was in her early twenties, with dark eyes and tawny skin, and, to conceal her identity, she had cut her curly light-brown hair short and dyed it black. Though she had a delicate beauty, she locked and loaded a gun with the ease of a bank robber. Morgan later said of a pistol that she carried, “She knows how to use it.”

"Her name was Olga Rodríguez."
PUBLISHED: May 21, 2012
LENGTH: 88 minutes (22146 words)

A Murder Foretold: Unravelling the Ultimate Political Conspiracy

[Featuring Writing] Rodrigo Rosenberg knew that he was about to die. It wasn’t because he was approaching old age—he was only forty-eight. Nor had he been diagnosed with a fatal illness; an avid bike rider, he was in perfect health. Rather, Rosenberg, a highly respected corporate attorney in Guatemala, was certain that he was going to be assassinated.
PUBLISHED: March 28, 2011
LENGTH: 57 minutes (14318 words)

The Mark of a Masterpiece

The man who keeps finding famous fingerprints on uncelebrated works of art.
PUBLISHED: July 1, 2010
LENGTH: 64 minutes (16034 words)

Trial by Fire

Did Texas execute an innocent man?
PUBLISHED: Sept. 7, 2009
LENGTH: 64 minutes (16242 words)

The Chameleon

The many lives of Frédéric Bourdin.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 11, 2008
LENGTH: 47 minutes (11905 words)

The Squid Hunter

Steve O'Shea, a marine biologist from New Zealand, is one of the hunters—but his approach is radically different. He is not trying to find a mature giant squid; rather, he is scouring the ocean for a baby, called a paralarva, which he can grow in captivity. This year, he told me, he would venture out during the summer nights of the Southern Hemisphere, when giant squid released their babies. "Come on down, mate," he said. "We'll see if we can’t find the bloody thing and make history."
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2004
LENGTH: 45 minutes (11298 words)