Book Review | Consequence: A Memoir by Eric Fair


9781627795135I’ve seen a lot of interviews with Eric Fair, or, rather, I guess I should say I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook about interviews with Eric Fair. There are inevitably dozens of comments from people who’ve never read this book but nevertheless have strong feelings about it. People who say that Fair, who was an interrogator in Iraq for a private company, has no remorse for what he did, or that he wrote this book just to make money off of an atrocity that he took part in. I wish those people would read this book because those people are wrong.

Consequence: A Memoir is a difficult book to read. It is a very convincing and unflinching indictment of group think and of people going along with what they’re told, and what other people are doing, because . . . . well, because that’s what human beings do.

Fair doesn’t make excuses. Fair suffers long-term consequences from his actions. Fair doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him. He wants this shit to stop and it’s clear to me, and I can’t imagine wouldn’t be clear to anyone who read this book with an open mind, that he wrote this book because he wants this shit to stop. He wrote it because he wants the American public to know what is being done in our name.

This is one of the frankest, most brutally honest books I’ve read in my 36 years. I wish Mr. Fair peace and I thank him for writing this book.

Per FCC guidelines, it is my duty to inform you that I received a free advanced copy of this book in return for my unbiased review.

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