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By Eric Fair

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

"Remarkable... either an agonized confession and a chilling disclose of 1 of the darkest interludes of the struggle on Terror. simply this type 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 robust religion and a trust that he used to be 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 prison in Iraq, to seminary at Princeton, and finally, to a center transplant ward on the college of Pennsylvania.

In 2004, after a number of months as an interrogator with a personal contractor in Iraq, Eric Fair's nightmares take new kinds: first, there have been the shrinking goals; now the liquid desires commence. by the point he leaves Iraq after that first deployment (he will return), reasonable could have participated in or witnessed a number of competitive interrogation options together with sleep deprivation, rigidity positions, nutrition manipulation, publicity, and isolation. Years later, his overall healthiness and marriage crumbling, haunted via the function he performed in what we now comprehend as "enhanced interrogation," it truly is Fair's wish to communicate 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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He let me finish. But as soon as I raised my eyes, which betrayed my secret desire to hear what he had to say, he regained his composure and delivered the blow he had meticulously prepared before I’d even gotten there: “That’s what you say. But my men tell me otherwise. . ” He was lying on his side, leaning on his elbow, casually fiddling with a twig he had in his mouth. He raised his eyes and looked straight out at the other tents in a semicircle around his own, where his troops had settled in to watch our conversation.

The mangrove roots created a barrier all around it, and it seemed to provide the best hiding place. On all fours, then crawling and wriggling, I managed to make my way inside the hollow. I carefully unfolded the big plastic sheet that had been tucked within my boot since my escape. My socks were full of water, as was the plastic. I shook it out without thinking and frightened myself with the noise it made. I stopped everything and held my breath, alert to the slightest movement. The forest was already waking, the buzzing of insects getting louder.

He grabbed my bag and emptied it on the ground, poking through things he knew were precious to me with the toe of his boot. He laughed and crushed them in the mud with his heel, then forced me to pick them up and put them back in my bag. I was on my knees when I saw the flash of a metal object in his hands. That is when I heard the clank of the chain, and I leaped up to face him. The young girl had stayed there beside me, holding me firmly by the arm and pushing me forward to walk. The guy who was laughing motioned to her to leave.

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