We begin on the battlefield with Bourne, the sky above darkening, as a small group of soldiers struggle back towards their own lines in the wake of a failed attack. The soldiers, exhausted, “light-headed,” “almost exalted,”i stumble back across the shell-racked earth. The Middle Parts of Fortune begins thus, in the nerve shattered aftermath of a charge into the enemy trenches. The survivors, on returning to their own lines, slowly begin to face the challenge of piecing back together the torn remnants of their sanity. Immediately the reader is made aware that the subject of the book is to be an exploration of the psychology of the human mind and body at war.