Can a man be happy, and is life really beautiful, when he has racked up $300,000,000, hobnobs with the cream of the Riviera, owns the world's greatest pleasure yacht, and has an opera diva as his inamorata? Ask Aristotle Socrates Onassis, fabulous Greek shipping magnate. Though Author Joesten is a trifle shy on gossip and very long on financial inveiglement, he has done Ari the disservice of writing a rather pedestrian book about him. Mr. Joesten simply hasn't the class with which to limn Ari memorably. The Onassis story begins with a flight from Greece to Argentina while Ari was still a teenager. There he started a snow-balling oriental tobacco importing company, from which he leap-frogged sideways (a feat) into shipping in 1931, when he bought some Canadian freighters at a ludicrously low price. The money cloud broke open during WWII, when he began hauling oil for the Allies. When Ari married Tina Livanos, he, his father-in-law, and his brother-in-law, all independent ship-owners, owned a combined fortune of over a billion dollars, so rumor said. In the early '50's, Ari bought the bank at Monte Carlo and decided to revamp Monaco for the elite-elite. Up popped Callas and out went Tina, suing for a New York divorce. Will Ari marry Maria? Ask Elsa.