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Ann Kerr's is a personal account of an American family during the most tumultuous years of Beirut's political strife. It begins with the tragic assassination of her husband Malcolm Kerr, one of the most respected scholars of Middle East Studies, in 1984, seventeen months after he became president of the American University of Beirut. She retraces in detail the events that Ann Kerr's is a personal account of an American family during the most tumultuous years of Beirut's political strife. It begins with the tragic assassination of her husband Malcolm Kerr, one of the most respected scholars of Middle East Studies, in 1984, seventeen months after he became president of the American University of Beirut. She retraces in detail the events that brought them to the Middle East, and reaches back into her childhood to describe a lifelong affinity for Lebanon. For a young American woman caring for a family in Lebanon and Egypt, life was like nothing she had ever known, but Ann Kerr approached it with a sense of adventure, which would help her deal with the beauty, chaos, and the ultimate horror of life during the country's most volatile years of the last three decades. The personal saga of her family and the events surrounding her husband's untimely death merge with the political episodes that have shaped U.S.-Arab relations since World War II. Kerr describes with humor and grace her life within a culture that most Americans perceive as strange and hostile, but which she loved from the beginning. Her story is deeply moving, whether it describes her junior year at the American University of Beirut or raising a family in Lebanon and Egypt or experiencing a reverse culture shock when returning to the United States with her husband. Through entries from her diaries and excerpts from his letters, Kerr examines her husband's ideals and goals to promote reconciliation among the myriad factions that comprise Lebanese society. The book contains much information about Islam and the cultural diversity of Lebanon's religious groups, while supplying an essential historicalperspective of the American University of Beirut. Come with Me from Lebanon will be of interest to Middle East scholars, as well as to the general reader. Since it examines the problems women faced in a culture with different expectations about women's roles, this book will have a


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Ann Kerr's is a personal account of an American family during the most tumultuous years of Beirut's political strife. It begins with the tragic assassination of her husband Malcolm Kerr, one of the most respected scholars of Middle East Studies, in 1984, seventeen months after he became president of the American University of Beirut. She retraces in detail the events that Ann Kerr's is a personal account of an American family during the most tumultuous years of Beirut's political strife. It begins with the tragic assassination of her husband Malcolm Kerr, one of the most respected scholars of Middle East Studies, in 1984, seventeen months after he became president of the American University of Beirut. She retraces in detail the events that brought them to the Middle East, and reaches back into her childhood to describe a lifelong affinity for Lebanon. For a young American woman caring for a family in Lebanon and Egypt, life was like nothing she had ever known, but Ann Kerr approached it with a sense of adventure, which would help her deal with the beauty, chaos, and the ultimate horror of life during the country's most volatile years of the last three decades. The personal saga of her family and the events surrounding her husband's untimely death merge with the political episodes that have shaped U.S.-Arab relations since World War II. Kerr describes with humor and grace her life within a culture that most Americans perceive as strange and hostile, but which she loved from the beginning. Her story is deeply moving, whether it describes her junior year at the American University of Beirut or raising a family in Lebanon and Egypt or experiencing a reverse culture shock when returning to the United States with her husband. Through entries from her diaries and excerpts from his letters, Kerr examines her husband's ideals and goals to promote reconciliation among the myriad factions that comprise Lebanese society. The book contains much information about Islam and the cultural diversity of Lebanon's religious groups, while supplying an essential historicalperspective of the American University of Beirut. Come with Me from Lebanon will be of interest to Middle East scholars, as well as to the general reader. Since it examines the problems women faced in a culture with different expectations about women's roles, this book will have a

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Dolores

    Not long ago the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship. I happened to read an article about coach Steve Kerr and his interesting background. That's when I discovered this personal account by his mother, Ann Zwicker Kerr. It tells the absorbing story of their family, culminating in the tumultuous years of political strife and the assassination of her husband, Malcolm Kerr, president of the American University of Beirut in 1984. It was very moving and well-written....I learned a lot about Not long ago the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship. I happened to read an article about coach Steve Kerr and his interesting background. That's when I discovered this personal account by his mother, Ann Zwicker Kerr. It tells the absorbing story of their family, culminating in the tumultuous years of political strife and the assassination of her husband, Malcolm Kerr, president of the American University of Beirut in 1984. It was very moving and well-written....I learned a lot about the Middle East.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Lavelle

    This book was excellent. Zwicker Kerr studied in Beirut in the 1950s and spent significant time living in Beirut and Cairo for 30 years. Her experiences living and working during a time of unrest are vivid and well written. She is also the mother of current NBA coach Steve Kerr, and his willingness to speak out on social issues make much more sense after reading this book by his remarkable mother.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rhea Matar

    Such a nostalgic read from summers with family in Lebanon while we were growing up!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Floatingleaf

    The story was fascinating and very imformative. The writing itself was flat. I recommend it to anyone interested in the middle east.

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