Argentina: Starting Over

A leader begins, a lady returns

In the brilliant sunshine of a late spring morning, he drove slowly through downtown Buenos Aires in a 1967 Rambler Ambassador to the cavernous old congress building. Inside, he solemnly swore to discharge his responsibilities, and delivered an eloquent, hourlong statement of his new administration's ambitions. "The state in which we have received the country is deplorable and catastrophic," he declared. "Our goal will be that Argentina becomes free once again, grand, fraternal and prosperous, the way we all want it to be." Then the genial new leader motored through flag-decked streets to the...

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