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Boom: Inside a British Bank-Bombing Spree

They were an ordinary pair of small-time criminals in the UK. Then they figured out how to blow up an ATM.


Previously: The Longform Guide to Bank Heists

Tuesday, January 27

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Longform App Exclusive: "Once Upon a Jihad"

Today we've got another incredible Longform App Exclusive to share, thanks to our friends at Newsweek Insights, who have made their latest book available free only to Longform readers.

Published in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo assassinations, "Once Upon a Jihad" examines the question of what drives young people to radical causes. Alex Perry follows a group of young British Muslims, radicalized through contacts made online, and shows how their normal teenage vulnerabilities are exploited with catastrophic consequences. A journey that begins at home with "looking the part" ends in martyrdom in a far away city.

We at Longform have been big fans of Perry's work for years, and we're honored to feature his latest book. To read it in full, for free, download the Longform App today.

Monday, January 26

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Your Son is Deceased

Albuquerque has one of the highest rates in the country of fatal shootings by police, and no officer has been indicted.

Sunday, January 25

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The Billionaire's Bad Dream

Nearing the end of his career, a Canadian tycoon named Michael DeGroote went for one last deal, investing $100 million to build a Las Vegas in the Domincan Republic. His partners? Two brothers with a criminal past, a con man and an old friend with close ties to the mob.

Friday, January 23

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Defending Those Accused of Unthinkable Crimes

On the lawyers who defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Jared Loughner and Whitey Bulger.

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Spy in the Machine

NSA-grade spyware is up for sale, and the world’s worst dictatorships are buying.

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'That's Not All!' Kevin Trudeau, The World’s Greatest Salesman, Makes One Last Pitch

A profile of the best-selling author, self-help guru and convicted felon.

Thursday, January 22

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The Story of Diana: The Making of a Terrorist

How a woman born of wealth and privilege tries to bomb the establishment from which she came and ultimately dies in the process.

This Pulitzer-winning series is reprinted online in full and for the first time by Longform.

Wednesday, January 21

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From Gitmo to an American Supermax, The Horrors of Solitary Confinement

On the psychological damage punitive isolation inflicts upon Guantánamo and American prisoners alike.

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Making Sense of Ferguson

A narrative of the Michael Brown shooting.

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The Digital Arms Race: NSA Preps America for Future Battle

Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars—a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.

Tuesday, January 20

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The Hunting of Billie Holiday

How the singer became the target of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics' early, racially-motivated war on drugs.

Excerpted from Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.