Best Longform.Org Story of the Week: ‘Oh! What a Lucrative War!’

Some critics worry that smartphones and tablet computers will ruin our ability to focus on long form material. To fight this trend, we will have the editors of pick an essay for your weekend reading pleasure every week.

For this week’s post, editors Aaron Lammer and Max Linsky chose “Oh! What a Lucrative War!” by Michael Snayerson from the April 2005 issue of Vanity Fair.

Here’s more about the story: “That a company, Halliburton, got nearly all the service contracts for the war in Iraq while their former CEO was the vice president is well known. But it wasn’t until this 2005 feature that the nuts and bolts of Halliburton’s system of bribes, corruption, and mind-boggling conflict of interest that produced $1.2 million Kuwaiti laundry bills was brilliantly deconstructed.”