In 1971, as he dictated the modernization of the country, the Shah threw himself a nationalistic "party of the century" at the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis. The guest list was glittery, and the extravagance made many gag: peacock stuffed with foie gras was a main course. A costumed parade of Iranian history, however, failed to mention Islam--a blind spot that became the Shah's ultimate undoing.
It may be one of the world's smallest countries, but the Monegasque ruling family generates more tabloid fodder per square mile than the Windsors. The saga of Caroline and her younger sister Stephanie...