On January 18, 1984, Malcolm Kerr, president of the American University of Beirul and a respected scholar of Middle East politics, was shot in the back of the head as he stepped out of an elevator on his way to work. ""One Family's Response to Terrorism"" is a stunning portrait of the intimate way in which violence pulls lives apart, of an American family caught on the stage of Middle East politics, and of the moral choices required in seeking justice.
Susan Kerr van de Ven was born in 1958 at the American University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. As a child she lived in the United States, Egypt, Lebanon, France, England, and Tunisia. She earned a master's degree in Middle Eastern studies and a doctorate in education from Harvard University. She lives in Cambridge, England, where she runs a creative writing program for primary school children and serves as a Liberal Democrat councillor on South Cambridgeshire District Council.