William Langewiesche

25 articles
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The Devil at 37,000 Feet

There were so many ways the two planes could have avoided the collision. The odds were so slim. But high above the Amazon in 2006, a combination of technology and human fallibility brought them together.

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City of Fear

How PCC, once an inmate soccer team and now Brazil’s most notorious prison gang, coordinated seven days of riots throughout São Paulo using mobile phones.

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A Sea Story

The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 lost their lives. The ones who survived acted quickly and remained calm.

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The Crash of EgyptAir 990

Investigating a pilot’s choice and the death of 217 people.

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Salvage Beast

When massive ships sink, burn, fall apart or get stuck, their owners call Nick Sloane. His job: figure out how to save as much as he can.

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The Human Factor

On the crash of Air France Flight 447.

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The Chaos Company

Embedded with G4S, the world’s largest private army.

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What Lies Beneath

Exploring the vast underground world of New York City with three of the people who know it best.

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The Man Who Pierced the Sky

On Felix Baumgartner and his 24-mile jump.

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The Expendables

Life in the French Foreign Legion.

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The Million-Dollar Nose

A profile of wine critic Robert Parker.