Long Reads Of The Week: ISIS, The City And Mars

5 great reads you may have missed from around the web

1 | The Guardian's Joris Luyendij spent two years interviewing hundred of City insiders to reveal 'How the banks ignored the lessons of the crash'. It's a fascinating – and worrying – glimpse inside our financial system.

2 | In 'A Daughter’s Death', the New Yorker's Jennifer Gonnerman meets Taylonn Murphy, the father of a star high-school athlete who was killed and who now spends his time confronting the causes of violence in New York City.

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3 | Jennifer Percy, from the New York Times, flew to Syria to meet the ragtag group of Americans and Europeans who have flown there voluntarily to help fight ISIS. Some are ex-soldiers chasing former glories. Some are youngsters looking for adventure. But do any of them actually know what they're doing?

4 | Anyone who cares about the state of the British newspaper industry will find this Media Breifing report from Colin Morrison an interesting read: in it, he argues Fleet Street should embrace the idea of no longer publishing daily.

5 | "Mars has always had a certain fascination for us Earthlings," writes Game Of Thrones author George RR Marin in the Guardian "it was one of the original planets, the Fab Five of antiquity, the “wanderers” who refused to march in step with the stars, but made their own way through the heavens." His plotted history of the red planet's presence in science fiction is a delight.