Briefs: Revenge Served Sweet

The familiar pink packet has become emblematic of America's diet obsession. Sweet'N Low, the low-cal sugar substitute, was invented by Brooklynite Benjamin Eisenstadt, who also created sugar packets, Butter Buds and Nu-Salt. His creativity may be genetic: his grandson is the gifted pop-culture historian Rich Cohen. In his new book, Sweet and Low, Cohen tells the rollicking saga of Grandpa Ben's business, "taken over and stripmined by hooligans." The battle over this vast family fortune leads to feuds between siblings, corruption, lawsuits and the ultimate disintegration of the clan. It is Cohen's good fortune to be on the side of the...

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