The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

Our favorite stories of the week, featuring, The Dallas Observer, The Marshall Project, GQ, Dissent, and SB Nation.

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.

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1. The Rookie and the Zetas

Joe Tone | Dallas Observer | April 1, 2015 | 27 minutes (6,940 words)

How the Feds took down a drug cartel’s horse-racing empire.


2. Unfreed

Robert Kolker | The Marshall Project | April 7, 2015 | 22 minutes (5,603 words)

A clerical error freed a man from prison 88 years early—and then sent him back five years and eight months later after he found a stable job and started a family. This story was co-produced by Matter.


3. The Great Cocaine Treasure Hunt

Daniel Riley | GQ | March 31, 2015 | 28 minutes (7,206 words)

A man finds a million dollars’ worth of cocaine washed up on a beach and buries it. A group goes in search of it years later.


4. The Assistant Economy

Francesca Mari | Dissent | April 7, 2015 | 17 minutes (4,432 words)

The low-paid labor that keeps our most accomplished artists and leaders running on time.


5. When in Roma

Peter Simek | SB Nation | April 8, 2015 | 33 minutes (8,400 words)

Two American owners are discovering the frightening passion that rules Italian soccer.