ARGENTINA: Magic in the Pink House

The Pink House in Buenos Aires exerts a powerful influence on its presidential occupants, elected or not. Juan Carlos Ongania, installed after the last civilian government was overthrown in 1966, was ejected last June by his former military comrades for planning a corporate-style state with himself as its permanent head. Ongania's humorless, moody successor, Roberto M. Levingston, succumbed to the same dreams of grandeur; some of his aides even took to calling him "the Emperor." He overestimated his own power and underestimated that of the army chief who had given him the...

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