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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (713 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rich Cohen Narrator: Rich Cohen Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sweet and Low is the amazing, bittersweet, hilarious story of an American family and its patriarch, a short-order cook named Ben Eisenstadt who, in the years after World War II, invented the sugar packet and Sweet'N Low, converting his Brooklyn cafeteria into a factory and amassing the great fortune that would destroy his family.

It is also the story of immigrants to the New World, sugar, saccharine, obesity, and the health and diet craze, played out across countries and generations but also within the life of a single family, as the fortune and the factory passed from generation to generation. The author, Rich Cohen, a grandson (disinherited, and thus set free, along with his mother and siblings), has sought the truth of this rancorous, colorful history, mining thousands of pages of court documents accumulated in the long and sometimes corrupt life of the factory, and conducting interviews with members of his extended family. Along the way, the 40-year family battle over the fortune moves into its titanic phase, with the money and legacy up for grabs. Sweet and Low is the story of this struggle, a strange comic farce of machinations and double dealings, and of an extraordinary family and its fight for the American dream.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kjtryan | 2/20/2014

    " great combo of non-fiction and fiction type story telling, interesting history of artificial sweeteners in usa "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon Bard | 2/18/2014

    " From out of left field, Rich Cohen manages to settle some family scores, hip us to the history of sugar, artificial sweetener and the Brooklyn Navy Yards, introduce us to some characters that are scarily reminiscent of many in my own family AND make us laugh throughout this breezy and likable book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Florence | 2/17/2014

    " This could be subtitled "Jewish Families Behaving Badly". Starting off with a diner in Brooklyn, the family business of packing teabags, then sugar, then saccherine grew into a multimillion dollar enterprise. The author delves into the history of sugar from prehistoric times as well as the history of the Cumberland enterprise, makers of Sweet and Low, in the ubiquitous pink packets. The book also traces the history of Mr. Cohen's family from its immigration to New York City to the final fracturing and disenfranchisement of his mother and her offspring from the family fortune. It's an amusing tale, witty, and quite sad when blood relatives become enemies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ann | 2/16/2014

    " This is the "hilarious" story of the family of Ben Eisenstat, the founder of Sweet and Low artificial sweetener. If this is "hilarious" I would hate to see the reviews for "Crime and Punishment." The story revolves around the most unlikeable family I have ever read about. The sweetener made a fortune for Ben and his family. His wife, Betty, disinherited the mother and family of the author. The company was infiltrated by criminals. I finished but I never saw anything even remotely humorous or redeeming about the story. I don't even think I'll buy the product any more. "

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