Long Reads Of The Week: Cartels, Michael Mann And The History Of Star Wars

5 great reads you might have missed from around the web

1 | Utterly gripping and full of eye-watering details, David Epstein's story for the Atlantic about how DEA agents took out Mexico's most vicious drug cartel is also an insight into the futility of America's War on Drugs.

2 | Twenty years on, Michael Mann’s Heat still holds a strange fascination for many, yet it’s hard to remember too much being written about its making. Jennifer Wood in Rolling Stone puts that right with this fascinating interview with Mann himself, including the definitive story of ‘that’ coffee shop scene.

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3 | This New Yorker interview, in which Joshua Rothman speaks with author Chris Taylor, who has just written a new history of Star Wars, is full of interesting facts and theories about the franchise that now includes the biggest movie of the year.

4 | In 'The mystery of India’s deadly exam scam', the Guardian's Aman Sethi investigates the Vyapam scandal that has lead to 2,000 arrests and gripped the country.

5 | For Bloomberg Business, Ashlee Vance meets George Hotz, the 27-year-old who has the first Person to hack an iPhone, and has now built a self-driving car in his own garage. Apple and Tesla, beware.