The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads.

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1. The Secret History of Tiger Woods

Wright Thompson | ESPN | April 22, 2016 | 46 minutes (11,516 words)

Incredible reporting by Wright Thompson. An inside look at how Tiger Woods lost his way following the death of his father Earl — exploring an obsession with the Navy SEALS, pursuing affairs with women, and grappling with no longer being "the greatest."

2. Chicago After Laquan McDonald

Ben Austen | The New York Times Magazine | April 20, 2016 | 26 minutes (6,549 words)

A shocking video of a police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times has led activists in Chicago to fight for change and the city's government and police department to scrutinize its own long history of racist policing and misconduct.

3. Can Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis Save the Cranberry Business?

Chris Sweeney | Boston Magazine | April 17, 2016 | 19 minutes (4,754 words)

Ocean Spray CEO Randy Papadellis once rescued the cranberry industry by popularizing “Craisins.” Can he rescue them again?

4. The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans

Neal Gabler | The Atlantic | April 19, 2016 | 24 minutes (6,124 words)

Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. Neal Gabler examines his own history of financial mistakes, as well as the inability of many Americans to save money no matter how much they earn, and the rising costs of health care, child care, and education.

5. Farm to Fable

Laura Reiley | Tampa Bay Times | April 13, 2016 | 26 minutes (6,510 words)

"If you eat food, you are being lied to every day." An investigation into the claims restaurants make when they say they "source locally."