Italy's Silvio Berlusconi

Published: Wednesday, 01/10/2007 12:00 am EST

"Berlusconi is not 'an example of typically Italian craziness' but is rather a national version of an increasingly global trend, in which private riches, media control, ownership of popular sporting teams, and consequent celebrity status find their natural outlet in political power." –Paul Ginsburg on Alexander Stille's The Sack of Rome in The New York Review of Books, Jan.11.

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