Long Reads Of The Week – 7 June

 5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | Almost a month after the general election, the Guardian's Patrick Wintour provides the definitive account of what went so terribly wrong for Ed Miliband and the Labour party.

2 | 'The Republic of Bad Taste', by Jonathan Franzen, is an excerpt from his forthcoming new novel Purity. Is his magnum opus on the complexities of modern life set to be the essential literary novel of the summer?

3 | Think successful young sportsmen deal with a lot of pressure in the Premier League? This, from Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy, lifts the lid on what it is like to be a teenager in the NBA.

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4 | A second piece from the Guardian this week – Ota Benga was a man kidnapped from Congo and taken to an American zoo, where he was exhibited with monkeys. Pamela Newkirk has the sad and appaling story which goes to the heart of racial prejudice.

5 | Finally, New York Times' Adrian Chen has the story of 'The Agency', an office building in Russian that homes an army of well-paid trolls wrecking havoc in American.

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