By Eric Fair

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

"Remarkable... either an agonized confession and a chilling reveal of 1 of the darkest interludes of the struggle on Terror. simply this type of braveness and honesty can convey 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 vegetation nurturing a robust religion and a trust that he used to be known 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 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 were the shrinking desires; now the liquid goals commence. by the point he leaves Iraq after that first deployment (he will return), reasonable can have participated in or witnessed numerous competitive interrogation suggestions together with sleep deprivation, pressure positions, vitamin 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 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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Ivy had long black hair and sharp and pretty features. Her cheeks glowed red and her breath was hot. She died later of quick consumption. At one station, after we had finished unloading the freight, a trainman told a smutty story. He used words I did not like, and a revulsion came over me. Strange, down, far down in the gutters where nothing but the sludge and murk of life rolled by, I was never to overcome my revulsion from the filth of it all. If my clothing was lousy I watched clouds sailing across the moon and heard linnets chirping and larks singing.

Amy was fond of seltzer and whiskey high-balls. When she became particularly illuminated, she would act quite girlish, and pick up the seltzer bottle and squirt some of its contents in my face. I would join in the laugh, for Amy was my boss, AMY, THE BEAUTIFUL FAT Gm,L 45 and a generous one besides. I felt that she must have her fun, and though a trifle confused, I would keep on reciting doggerel while the seltzer itched in my eyes, and trickled down my face. Amy's legs were as big as telephone poles, and ber arms were larger than the legs of a big man.

56 BEGGARS OF LIFE "We're flatter 'n feet wit' broken arches," replied Bill. "Come an' eat then," said the one-armed man. A breeze came up and swayed the tops of the trees in the woods. The sun threw leafy shadows across the car-door table. The greed of hungry men was the only thing that spoiled the scene. Birds darted over the landscape and flew low across the broad river. The geese swam leisurely in the direction of the tramps. The one-armed man looked up from his food and noticed the handsome buff-colored goose that swam in the lead.

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