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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eric Fair Narrator: Eric Fair Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781427268068
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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)

"I tell Karin there will be consequences for making my Iraq experience public. I say, 'People aren't going to be happy.' She says, 'As long as you think it's the right thing to do...' " -from Consequence

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.

This program includes a conversation between the author and Phil Klay, author of Redeployment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Both an agonized confession and a chilling exposé…Only this kind of courage and honesty can bring America back to the democratic values that we are so rightfully proud of.”

    Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Eric Fair does not speak in euphemisms. He does not justify or condemn. He merely tells us what happened. And that is something we desperately need to hear.”

    Phil Klay, National Book Award–winning author

  • “Candid and chilling…Here the sense of the absurd is infused with real horror and injustice…[a] profoundly unsettling book.”

    New York Times

  • “Essential reading…No other book guides readers so honestly and so succinctly through this grim chapter in US history.”

    Washington Post

  • “Fair’s disarmingly matter-of-fact memoir addresses the moral ambiguity and emotional toll our soldiers’ actions take.”

    Amazon.com

  • “Harrowing…Fair is a gifted writer, and his capacity for self-examination makes this work both deeply insightful and moving.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Eschewing abstract discussions of torture and the war, the author offers a beguiling personal narrative that forces readers to share his pain and uncertainty over his circumstances.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[A] no-holds-barred memoir…Told with the dispassionate candor of a police report, Fair’s experiences offer a harsh critique of American efforts in Iraq.”

    Booklist

  • “Fair narrates his story straightforwardly…Fair’s voice is honest and direct, taking the tone of a confession to the listener.”

    AudioFile

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2016
  • A Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Great New Writers
  • A Vulture.com Pick of 8 Books You Need to Read
  • Selected for a Discover Great New Writers Award
  • Among longlisted titles for Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2016
  • Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2016
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About the Author
Eric Fair, an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004. He won a Pushcart for his 2012 essay "Consequence," which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper's Magazine. His op-eds on interrogation have also been published in The Washington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.