He was a Lebanese-American who rediscovered his heritage in adulthood and developed a passion for the Middle East. As a veteran foreign correspondent in the region for the US press, he earned two Pulitzers.
His book Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War is arguably THE best English-language account of the Iraq War’s impact on the country’s civilians.
Shadid was a talented journalist — more than that, he was an invaluable cultural translator between America and the Middle East.
In death I sincerely hope he is even more widely read.