EGYPT: Life Without Narriman

"His shoulders fascinated me, and his arms and his powerful wrists covered with dark, virile hair," cooed Farouk's Queen Narriman, in world-syndicated memoirs palmed off as her own. "And I found love such as I would never have dared to hope for." For his part, wrote Farouk, who seemed to have an equally corny ghostwriter, "Life without her would be lonely indeed . . . Narriman was the first human being . . . who really began . . . to understand the man behind the panoply of royalty."

Ever since Naguib's coup of last July stripped 33-year-old King Farouk of...

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