In a book released today, Silvio Berlusconi's wife says he "look[s] ridiculous before the world." But are Italians willing to forgive his lavish parties and dalliances with young women?
A newly revised biography, Veronica's Way, details the relationship between Berlusconi and Veronica Lario from its beginning in 1980 to its current unhappy end. Lario says that when her husband attended the birthday party of an 18-year-old (and bought her an $8,500 birthday gift), he told her he was at a conference. She tells biographer Maria Latella,