Jealousy List 2013

By Bloomberg Businessweek | In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the great pieces of journalism in 2013 that left the staff of Bloomberg Businessweek sick with resentment. Besides functioning as a very long “Bah, humbug,” it’s also a useful guide to the best work of the year by our peers at other news organizations. May they all receive a lump of coal—along with the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. - Josh Tyrangiel

The 2013 Jealousy List: The 41 Best Stories (and One Book) We Didn't Write

In this season of relentless kindness, envy is often sadly neglected. Which is why we bring you the First Annual Jealousy List, a compilation of the …

Of murder and mushrooms

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Arendt & Eichmann: The New Truth

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Holocaust

The Defense of a Jewish Collaborator

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Nazi Concentration Camps

Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie

Lindsay Lohan moves through the Chateau Marmont as if she owns the place, but in a debtor-prison kind of way. She’ll soon owe the hotel $46,000. Heads turn subtly as she slinks toward a table to meet a young producer and an old director. The actress’s mother, Dina Lohan, sits at the next table. Mom …

Harper High School, Part One

At the first day assembly, the freshman seem confused and nervous while the seniors are boisterous and confident. It's exactly the kind of first day …

Guns

Harper High School, Part Two

Principal Leonetta Sanders is worried that in the wake of a recent shooting, some of her students at Harper might be in danger of retaliatory …

Guns

Nick Saban: Sympathy for the Devil

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Nick Saban

Rob Ford in 'crack cocaine' video scandal

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Who's blocking this astonishingly effective tool to fight meth labs?

State troopers clean up a meth lab found on school board property about a block from a London, Kentucky elementary school.<p>The first time she saw her …

Methamphetamine

Top Reviewers On Amazon Get Tons Of Free Stuff

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Amazon

How Janet Yellen should embrace the Fed’s dissenters

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Sick Kids Are Just the Beginning of America’s Lead Crisis

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How Doug Band drove a wedge through the Clinton dynasty

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He Who Makes the Rules

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Politics

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

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Yarn

Bay Watched

The way to meet up with Johnny Hwin, one of the best-connected kids in San Francisco, is to stand at the garage door of a small repair shop in the iffy section of the Mission District and dial his cell phone until it stops ringing into voice mail and the call goes through. This takes a while, …

Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire

According to Wikipedia, the Tampa International Airport is a public airport six miles west of downtown Tampa, in Hillsborough County, Florida. It’s also where Jimmy Wales flies in and out of a couple times a month, in coach, to visit his 12-year-old daughter, Kira, who is named after the …

The Miner’s Daughter

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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most …

A Save-the-World Field Trip for Millionaire Tech Moguls

If there was one thing troubling Scott Harrison as he stood up to address a group of nearly 50, including more than a dozen Silicon Valley wunderkinds, it was the matter of the private jet.<p>Actually, “private jet” was, when he thought about it, a bit of an exaggeration. Harrison was no Greg …

The Imperial Presidency

Last May, during final exams, John Sexton, the president of New York University, approached a pale, thin freshman leaning against the wall of Bobst Library, smoking. “What can I do to make you stop?” he asked.<p>The student, Fletcher Nightwine, quickly took out his earbuds.<p>“Your hands are shaking!” …

Big Med

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When A 10-Year-Old Kills His Nazi Father, Who’s To Blame?

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Mein Kampf

Which Way Did the Taliban Go?

The village was abandoned. Streets deserted. Houses empty. Behind the central mosque rose a steep escarpment. Behind the escarpment mountains upon mountains. Up there — above the timberline, among the peaks — a white Taliban flag whipped in the wind. Several Afghan soldiers were admiring it when a …

Michael Lewis: Did Goldman Sachs Overstep in Criminally Charging Its Ex-Programmer?

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Books

Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: 'I always felt sorry for her children'

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