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Fleur Cowles, the instigator and former editor of Flair, heats up the hot topic of the Person regime in Argentina. In the first of two parts, she attempts to explain the historical elimate which facilitated Person's present day rise to power in turning back to the bloody dictatorship of Juan, and his wife Encarnacion, Rosas, which spattered Argentina at the turn of the 19th century. With this as his political background, Peron, intelligent, physically hardy (he was raised on a ranch in Patagonia) and as dependent on Evita as Juan Rosas was on Encarnacion, was catapulted to a high position. Factually, the coverage seems complete, if personal in its interpretation. And from the slaughter house riots to the squelching of Gainza Paz to Evita's low-voiced deification of her husband to the lusciously bejewelled orchid brooch a she wore at the meeting between Fleur and Evita, there is an unmistakable mood of the lure of the sordid and the bizarre and the opulent. Mrs. Cowles seems to , ""Oooh, how delightfully evil it is in Argentina"". Even if the reader is ignorant of Mrs. Cowles' own similar rise to recognition, he may begin to wonder at her unconscious admiration of Argentina's dictators. As a voice from the grave of the recently dead- of vivid memory- magazine, the book should receive a Peck's bad boy press and a curiosity-motivated public.

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 1951
Publisher: Random House