Ritholtz's Read: Why U.S. Doesn't Have Great Trains

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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The weekend is here at last! Pour yourself a big mug of steaming black Sumatra coffee, and settle in for our expertly selected long form weekend reads:

• Why Can’t America Have Great Trains? A Washington Mystery. (National Journal)

• Tomorrow’s Advance Man: Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future. (New Yorker)

• Part 1 of The Rise & Fall of Silk Road: How a 29-year-old idealist built a global drug bazaar and became a murderous kingpin (Wiredthen see Part 2 (Wired)

• NBA All-Star Allen Iverson Goes Broke, Despite Earning Over $154 million. How did one of the top players in the National Basketball Association burn through so much of his fortune in such a short time? (Time)

 • Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla (Bloomberg)

• That Was Then, This Is Now: How 72 Brands From ‘Mad Men’ Have Changed Since Don Draper Was In Charge (Consumerist)

• Theorizing the Drone: What does the rise of the drone mean for justice, for the ethics of heroism, for psychology? Most important of all, who is dying and why? (Longreads)

• I Was Born Homosexual. I Chose to Be Gay. (Slate)

• Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over? (Aeon)
• David Letterman: Happy at Last (Rolling Stone)

Be sure to check out this week’s Masters in Business interview with Bill McNabb, CEO and Chairman of the Vanguard Group.

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Barry L Ritholtz at britholtz3@bloomberg.net

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James Greiff at jgreiff@bloomberg.net