APRIL 1999 | Volume 283 No. 4|
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This is the story of Tom O'Connor, a police officer patrolling the streets of the town where he was born and raised. And it is the story of a practical kind of wisdom, one that applies the law by turns firmly and loosely, and helps to make civilized life possible.
by Tracy Kidder
Web-Only: The Architecture of Daily Life
An Atlantic Unbound interview with Tracy Kidder.
Living in Candlestick Park
Cold War-era analyses of the international situation were often concerned with how the "great game" of foreign policy should be played. The next century's issue: not the rules of engagement but whether the playing field itself will remain intact.
by John Lewis Gaddis
Confucius and the Scholars
New research has raised intriguing questions: Did Confucius actually teach the ethical principles that bear his name -- or is "Confucianism" in fact a later, Western concoction? Did the Chinese sage even exist?
by Charlotte Allen