ITALY: The President's Wish

Italy's President Giovanni Gronchi, 72, is a left-minded politician serving a seven-year term of office in the ornate, mirrored Quirinale Palace, which he considers a gilded cage. Playing host to the beauteous Grace Kelly and her husband, the Prince of Monaco, as he did fortnight ago, comes under the heading of work; Gronchi longs to play a more vital role in world politics.

Gronchi fancies himself ideally suited to mediate between East and West. He got his chance when an Italian official brought back word that Khrushchev would be glad to have Gronchi...

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