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"Solid and single-minded, this study argues that historians have been unfair to the builders of these fortifications. It maintains that Congress, and the engineers it hired, knew exactly what they were doing, . . . that despite the fact that Civil War historians have damned the forts for their obsolescence, Smith still drives home his point: America’s giant seaboard forts achieved their limited strategic goals."
—Todd Shallat, author of Structures in the Stream: Water, Science and the U.S. Corps of Engineers
"Mark A. Smith's book, Engineering Security, is remarkable in its explorationof the transformational power of the Third System's implementation in military, economic, and political terms. In Engineering Security, Smith has impressively traced the development of U.S. defense policy throught the early to mid-1800s, as well as the rise of the engineers to the pinnacle of the military power structure."--On Point, The Journal of Army History