Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair

By Eric Fair

"A guy questions everything--his religion, his morality, his country--as he recounts his event as an interrogator in Iraq; an remarkable memoir and "an act of tremendous bravery" (Phil Klay)

"Remarkable... either an agonized confession and a chilling divulge of 1 of the darkest interludes of the struggle on Terror. simply this sort of braveness and honesty can deliver the USA again to the democratic values that we're so rightfully proud of." --Sebastian Junger

Consequence is the tale of Eric reasonable, a child who grew up within the shadows of crumbling Bethlehem metal crops nurturing a powerful religion and a trust that he was once referred to as to serve his nation. it's a tale of a guy who chases his personal demons from Egypt, the place he served as a military translator, to a penitentiary in Iraq, to seminary at Princeton, and at last, to a middle transplant ward on the college of Pennsylvania.

In 2004, after numerous months as an interrogator with a personal contractor in Iraq, Eric Fair's nightmares take new kinds: first, there have been the shrinking desires; now the liquid goals start. by the point he leaves Iraq after that first deployment (he will return), reasonable may have participated in or witnessed quite a few competitive interrogation innovations together with sleep deprivation, pressure positions, nutrition manipulation, publicity, and isolation. Years later, his health and wellbeing and marriage crumbling, haunted by way of the position he performed in what we now be aware of as "enhanced interrogation," it really is Fair's wish to converse out that turns into a key to his survival. Spare and haunting, Eric Fair's memoir is either a courageous, unrelenting confession and a booklet that questions the very depths of who he, and we as a rustic, became.

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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