Long Reads Of The Week - 18 August 2013

Your essential reads of the moment, curated by Esquire's editorial team.

1| In an exclusive extract from his new book, Michael Calvin delves behind the scenes at Everton and discovers the method behind the brilliance of David Moyes’ scouting system. Some fascinating insight on Manchester United’s manager on the eve of the new season.

2| For all the journalistic brilliance the information age has allowed, the art of reporting is something often devalued – it’s becoming rarer and rarer. Not so in this emphatic CNN investigation into a half-century year-old murder: the coldest case ever solved.

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3| Black market drugs, digital money laundering and an impending online turf war: Forbes meets The Dread Pirate Roberts – the man behind the infamous (and booming) web store, Silk Road.

4| Can Breaking Bad enter the annals of television excellence without a strong female lead? The Guardian’s Rebecca Nicholson argues that it’ll never reach the heights of The Wire and The Sopranos.

5| “For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation.” Vice’s long read from Bolivia is harrowing, heartbreaking and expertly reported. (Their video documentary will go live this month.)