Muddy Waters: The Army Engineers and the Nation's Rivers by Arthur Maas:
Here's a quote from Harold Ickes in the Foreword: "One way to describe
the Corps of the Army Engineers would be to say that it is the most
powerful and pervasive lobby in Washington. The aristocrats who
constitute it are our highest ruling class. They are not only the
political elite of the army, they are the perfect flowers of bureaucracy.
At least, this is the reflection that their mirrors disclose to them.
Within the fields that they have elected to occupy, they are the law--and
therefore above the law...It is to be doubted whether any Federal agency
in the history of this country has so wantonly wasted money on worthless
projects as has the Corps of Army Engineers...No more lawless or
irresponsible Federal group than the Corps of Army Engineers has ever
attempted to operate in the United States either outside of or within the
Dams and Other Disasters: A Century of the Army Corps of Engineers in
Civil Works by Arthur E. Morgan: Here's a quote from the dust jacket:
"The Army Corps of Engineers is generally known as a guardian of the
public interest and facilitator of scientific progress. This carefully
nurtured image has been the result of classification of documents relating
to Corps failures and the selective re-writing of Corps history. In Dams
and Other Disasters, Arthur Morgan, first chairman of the Tennessee Valley
Authority, explodes the self-publicized image of the Army Corps and
reveals the full report of its century-long record of scientific
inadequacy and environmental neglect."