The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, The New Yorker, California Sunday, New York Times Magazine, MIT Technology Review, and Next City.

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1. The Samantha Power Doctrine

Evan Osnos | New Yorker | Dec. 14, 2014 | 51 minutes (12,752 words)

Can UN Ambassador Samantha Power reconcile her ardent human-rights interventionism with the pragmatism necessary to guide American policy?

 

2. The Disappeared

John Gibler | The California Sunday Magazine | Dec. 19, 2014 | 24 minutes (6,043 words)

“This is what we know. The police, aided by gunmen, killed three people, wounded more than 20, and disappeared 43.”

 

3. What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs

Nicholas Carlson | New York Times Magazine | Dec. 17, 2014 | 29 minutes (7,233 words)

From Carlson’s new book, a critical insider account of Marissa Mayer’s various attempts to save Yahoo.

 

4. Meet the Dogged Researchers Who Try to Unmask Haters Online

Adrian Chen | MIT Technology Review | Dec. 18, 2014 | 16 minutes (4,212 words)

Chen talks to journalists and researchers in Sweden who are trying to unmask anonymous commenters who leave hateful messages online. Questions about privacy arise.

 

5. Oakland Wants You to Stop Calling It the ‘Next Brooklyn’

Susie Cagle | Next City | Dec. 15, 2014 | 11 minutes (2,861 words)

An illustrated examination of the question: Is it possible for a city to welcome new investment and avoid displacing its residents at the same time?