Continuing on the theme of women and partying, Berlusconi's parties became infamously known as "bunga bunga" sex parties among the international press.
Berlusconi explains in the book where the phrase originally came from. Again, the description features another of his controversial friends, Muammar al-Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya, killed in an uprising in 2011.
It started as a joke he recounted to Gaddafi, Berlusconi said.
"A pair of Italian politicians are captured by a fierce African tribe and tied to poles. A tribal leader says to one of the Italians: 'You, do you want to die or bunga bunga?'"
The politician chooses the second option. But bunga-bunga turns out to mean forced intercourse. "All the warriors in the village did him," said Berlusconi, laughing as he recounted the joke, Friedman writes.
"The tribal leader then approaches the second Italian and asks the same question. The terrified Italian says: "I'd prefer to die." The tribesman replies: "Fine, you will die, but first let's do some bunga bunga!"
"It's from this joke that the whole bunga bunga thing came from," Berlusconi said.