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Longreads Member Exclusive: Deconstructing Mare Island

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This week, we have a Longreads Member Exclusive recommended by one of our members, Boston Review Web Editor David V. Johnson. His pick is Richard White's "Deconstructing Mare Island: Reconnaissance in the Ruins," published in Boom: A Journal of California. Here's an intro from David:

"Eureka! Boom: A Journal of California launched in the Spring of 2011. The quality of writing and artwork has been absolutely superb. There are so many articles I could recommend, including one by the aforementioned Solnit, but I was especially captivated recently by 'Deconstructing Mare Island: Reconnaissance in the Ruins,' a piece on the Carquinez Strait by American West historian and MacArthur 'Genius' Grant recipient Richard White. Before reading the story, I had experienced the Strait exactly the way White says most Californians do: by driving over it. Little did I know that in that body of water and its environs you can trace the rise and fall of California and the nation."
SOURCE:Boom
PUBLISHED: Dec. 6, 2012
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4455 words)