Italy: The Worst Way

In his bestseller, The Italians, a penetrating study of his own people, Author Luigi Barzini noted his countrymen's talent for making a mess of things but doing it with great flair. Last week, as a Liberal (right-wing) Deputy in the National Assembly, Barzini participated in an Italian reversal of form. After 13 days and 20 frustrating ballots in which no one gained a majority, the Assembly finally elected Social Democrat Giuseppe Saragat, 66, President of Italy. "They picked the best man," said Barzini whimsically, "but in the worst possible way."

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