FORTRESS AMERICA: THE FORTS THAT DEFENDED AMERICA, 1600 TO THE PRESENT
Author: J.E. Kaufmann & H.W. Kaufmann
Publisher: PERSEUS / RUNNING PRESS, Dec 2004
The only comprehensive account of North American fortifications & defense structures from colonial times to the 20th century, supplemented by scores of remarkable photos, 80 technical drawings, 7 maps, & diagrams. 80 B&W photos; 7x10 inches, 352 pgs.
From the earliest colonial settlements to recent Cold War bunkers, the North American continent has been home to thousands of forts and fortress structures. Seacoast forts were the nation's primary means of strategic defense from the 1790s until World War II. Almost every seaport on both coasts had at least one fort to protect it at one time or another. Inland forts were built to defend against attacks by Native Americans, or to defend against the English, the French, or the Spanish. So many forts were built--most in the 1800s--that there are few places in the continental United States more than 50 miles from a fort location. Yet, despite their prominence and importance, there has never been--until now--a single volume devoted to American forts and homeland fortification defense.
As in their previous and very successful books, experts J.E. and H.W. Kaufmann include never-before-published photographs, extraordinary drawings, cut-aways, and diagrams to illustrate Fortress America.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Tomasz Idzikowski, a technical illustrator, lives in Poland. His technical drawings appear in scientific journals.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
J.E. Kaufmann is the author of five books on fortifications, including the highly successful Medieval Fortress, and is a widely acknowledged expert on the topic. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.
H.W. Kaufmann is a translator for books and articles in the field of military history. He resides in San Antonio.