ARTURO FRONDIZI is the 13th of 14 children born to a road and bridge contractor who moved to Argentina in the great migration from Italy in the 1890s. Born in the northern province of Corrientes, he reached the University of Buenos Aires in time to choose between the fashionable political trends of Argentina in the late '20s: the right-wing nationalists led by the Prussianized army, and the University leftists. Frondizi turned left, went in for Marx and Kropot-kin—but pulled up short of becoming a socialist or Communist. Instead, he breezed through law school...

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