The robbers had a crew of two dozen specialists, a stolen helicopter, perfectly-designed explosives, and inside information on a $150 million cash repository in Stockholm. The police were on to them - or so they thought. What happened next would make headlines around the world, but the robbery was just part of the story. Evan Ratliff presents the inside tale of one of history's most elaborate heists, and the race to unravel it.
"Rebuilding" by Nicholas Lemann; "The Zombie Hunters" by Evan Ratliff; "When Pain Remains" by Jerome Groopman; "Early Music" by Jeffrey Eugenides; and "Getting In" by Malcolm Gladwell.
What would you do if you were given the opportunity to become another person - one whose life promised to be more glamorous and prosperous than your own? That was the question posed to Judith Patterson when, at age 33, she met the birth mother who had given her up for adoption as a child, who now revealed to her an extraordinary secret. Patterson, her mother told her, was the illegitimate daughter of a Texas oil mogul, one of the most powerful businessmen in the country in his day.
"Potential for a good story here."
"Trumpery", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Canon Fodder", by Rolf Potts; "Bitter Pills", by James Surowiecki; "Holy Matrimony!", by Lauren Collins; "The Mark", by Evan Ratliff; and "The Inner Voice", by Pankaj Mishra.
"Partisanship, By the Bye", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Rabbit Ears", by Robert Sullivan; "Naked City", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "The Hard Cases", by Jane Meyer; "Shoot!", by Evan Ratliff; "More Apocryphal Stories of the Presidents", by Yonni Brenner; and "Gritty Cities", by Anthony Lane.