Susan Berfield

5 articles
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The Fall of the Sleaze King

Dov Charney’s struggle to keep control of American Apparel.

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The Honey Launderers

On the biggest food fraud in U.S. history.

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Inside China's Star-Making Machine

On China’s pop music charm offensive.

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Odyssey and the Lost Spanish Treasure

The international battle over 17 tons of coins discovered by an American deep-sea treasure hunting company.

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Gold Coins: The Mystery of the Double Eagle

The hunt for rare 1933 Double Eagle coins:

The U.S. Secret Service, responsible for protecting the nation’s currency, has been pursuing them for nearly 70 years, through 13 Administrations and 12 different directors. The investigation has spanned three continents and involved some of the most famous coin collectors in the world, a confidential informant, a playboy king, and a sting operation at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. It has inspired two novels, two nonfiction books, and a television documentary. And much of it has centered around a coin dealer, dead since 1990, whose shop is still open in South Philadelphia, run by his 82-year-old daughter.

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A Missouri Town's Sweet Dreams Turn Sour

How the town of Moberly, population 14,000, got conned.