Bolivia: Steve Canyon of the Andes

René Barrientos, 45, the air force general who bosses Bolivia's revolutionary junta, is a sort of Steve Canyon of the Andes — handsome, dashing, and almost too lucky to be true. Since 1962, he has survived seven assassination at tempts: four by gunfire, three by bombs. Last year, just after President Victor Paz Estenssoro refused to accept Barrientos as a vice-presidential candidate, an assailant's bullet ricocheted off the U.S. pilot wings on the general's jacket, causing a slight wound. The incident made Barrientos such a hero that Paz was forced to accept him as a running mate. Last...

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