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In Today’s Issue:

  • We’re on a mission to find the one great piece of journalism everyone should read. We’ve enlisted Atlantic writers and Masthead members to help us.

  • Introducing, the Longreads Bracket. We’re narrowing down 16 stories to one eventual winner. Twelve judges spent last week evaluating the candidates.  

  • Today we reveal the results of round one: the top four longreads. These four semifinalists make for some great end-of-summer reading.  

Meet the Contenders

Our candidates for the best read of the summer are 16 long works of journalism published anywhere but The Atlantic. We took submissions from members on the forums and curated staff favorites. Our panel of judges helped us whittle the list down to four, and now it’s your turn to vote. Read through the top four contenders, and pick your favorite here. (All images by Thanh Do)

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