John Virtue is director of the International Media Center at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He lives in Miami Beach.
"this book brings out much of the forgotten details that were sadly neglected in earlier histories of these important projects. This book, replete with photographs and stories of the black troops at work and at rest, is well worth reading"--Alaska History; "John Virtue has done a marvelous job of recounting the hard work and heroism of African-American patriots in Alaska and Northern Canada during World War II. The Black Soldiers Who Built the Alaska Highway is both well written and expertly researched. Highly recommended!"--Douglas Brinkley, Rice University; "An epic story of adventure and struggle in the Far North"--John Balzar, author Yukon Alone.