The Economist’s Peter David | Photo by Nephi Niven (used with the photographer’s permission) — via Politico

Economist’s D.C. chief dies in car crash

NOTE: I’ll be updating this post in a day or two, but for now, this is enough for me.  Hat tip to commenter Grover Cleveland for the Politico link. 

My present to you is Anjin-San’s comment from last year’s “Bracing for the Visigoths” blog post…

Just a Historical correction: The army that did the bulk of sacking of ancient Rome was not the Visigoths, but the Byzantine army led sent by Emperor Justinian, particularly after his masterful general Belisarius was recalled to Constantinople… 

 Jon Fasman, The Economist’s correspondent in Atlanta, emails [to Politico]:

Peter was generous, kind, curious, patient and good-humoured. His affable, diffident demeanour masked a dangerously sharp mind, just as his sharp mind gave way to a profoundly kind, sweet, decent soul. He had an uncanny ability to get to the heart of an issue in unstintingly clear prose. With younger colleagues he was patient, warm and decent, and I owe my position as a writer at The Economist in no small part to his encouragement. Just a few days ago we were discussing his coming (first) visit to Atlanta, and I was looking forward to showing him the city, and to seeing it better for having seen it in his company.


“You can read Peter’s last column here. It’s a good one.”

Peter David by Clive Crook


From The Economist

♦ Lexington: Peter David

May 19th 2012 | from the print edition

Our Washington bureau chief died last week in a car crash in Virginia. This is our tribute

 BY TRADITION, departing Lexington columnists write a valedictory reflecting on the state of the nation. Had Peter David come to pen his parting thoughts, he might well have reflected on American exceptionalism. Sadly, this column must now celebrate his own. 

♦ Remembering Peter David: What he wrote

May 17th 2012, 13:08 by The Economist online

           DURING his 28 years at The Economist Peter wrote on everything. His colleagues thought of him as a Middle East specialist above all, but he also wrote columns on British and in American politics, as well as stories and leaders on science and business. The 14 special reports he wrote ranged from Islam to banking and from Canada to South Africa. They included one on universities, which seems appropriate since he might have been mistaken for one. Here, in our view, are some of the best things he wrote.

There’s also a very lively discussion between me and Faedrus in comments. I think Lexington would laugh if he read it. 

More to follow.