ITALY: The Pasta Putsch

Prince Junio Valeric Borghese, 64, boasts impeccable aristocratic credentials. He is scion of a 600-year-old noble Siena family that has produced a Pope (Paul V), and a flock of cardinals. He, wears Italy's Gold Medal for Military Valor for leading World War II assaults on Gibraltar and Alexandria harbors as a naval commander.

Since Alexandria, however, Prince Borghese has not acted very nobly. He remained a fascist loyal to the ousted Mussolini. At war's end he was imprisoned for hanging partisans, but was granted amnesty after only three years. Flabby and bulb-nosed, the "Black Prince," as Italians refer to him,...

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