Consequence

Consequence

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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A man questions everything--his faith, his morality, his country--as he recounts his experience as an interrogator in Iraq; an unprecedented memoir and "an act of incredible bravery" (Phil Klay)

"Remarkable... Both an agonized confession and a chilling expose of one of the darkest interludes of the War on Terror. Only this kind of courage and honesty can bring America back to the democratic values that we are so rightfully proud of." --Sebastian Junger


Consequence is the story of Eric Fair, a kid who grew up in the shadows of crumbling Bethlehem Steel plants nurturing a strong faith and a belief that he was called to serve his country. It is a story of a man who chases his own demons from Egypt, where he served as an Army translator, to a detention center in Iraq, to seminary at Princeton, and eventually, to a heart transplant ward at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2004, after several months as an interrogator with a private contractor in Iraq, Eric Fair's nightmares take new forms: first, there had been the shrinking dreams; now the liquid dreams begin. By the time he leaves Iraq after that first deployment (he will return), Fair will have participated in or witnessed a variety of aggressive interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, diet manipulation, exposure, and isolation. Years later, his health and marriage crumbling, haunted by the role he played in what we now know as "enhanced interrogation," it is Fair's desire to speak out that becomes a key to his survival. Spare and haunting, Eric Fair's memoir is both a brave, unrelenting confession and a book that questions the very depths of who he, and we as a country, have become.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627795135
1627795138
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 F1502F 2016
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 24 cm

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runningbeat
Oct 29, 2016

Eric had a strong faith to serve his country. He becomes an interrogator. 2004 he starts having nightmares of people he tortured in Iraq. Later in life it effected his marriage and health.
If it bothered him so much, he did have opportunities to quit, but he didn't.
I think the author writes the way he talks, so it lost me at times and is why I gave it a lower rating.

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heidiup1
Aug 26, 2016

Definitely worth reading.

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Nov 07, 2016

runningbeat thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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