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Crest Pro-Health Complete Clean Mint Fluoride Mouthwash 500 Ml (Pack of 12)
Crest Pro-Health Complete Clean Mint Fluoride Mouthwash 500 Ml (Pack of 12)

1.0 out of 5 stars A great product for people who want to ruin their taste buds, April 28, 2015
After 2 days of using this product I have an awful metallic taste in my mouth that won't go away. I googled "mouthwash bad taste all day" and got hundreds of results about this particular product. This problem goes back years and has affected thousands of people and they're still selling the stuff. They just don't care!
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An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies
An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies
by Tyler Cowen
Edition: Hardcover
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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sort of like "Moneyball" for the food enthusiast, April 12, 2012
I've read 4 of Tyler Cowen's books, and this one is definitely my favorite. Much of Cowen's popular writing involves applying economic reasoning to the decisions we make in our everyday lives, and this book is no exception. Food is an especially suitable topic for this kind of approach. After all, we make decisions about what (and how) to eat multiple times every day, and Cowen encourages us to weigh these decisions so as to make every meal count. We might think of this kind of writing as having two complementary goals: (1) the stated goal of using economics to offer guidance on a particular question of interest, in this case how to eat well; and more subtly, (2) to use the problem at hand (how to eat well) to teach something about economic principles to a broader, perhaps unsuspecting audience. My verdict is that this book delivers strongly on both.

Whether you approach it as a food enthusiast looking for a new perspective on finding quality meals or as an fan of popular economics writing interested in a new application for these ideas, you'll find plenty to enjoy and learn from in this book. It's more methodical, more to the point, and less pretentious than most food writing and more fun and practical than virtually all economics writing.

Most of Cowen's advice flows directly out of the book's central mantra: "Food is a product of economic supply and demand, so try to figure out where the supplies are fresh, the suppliers are creative, and the demanders are informed." Although this may sound like a rather professorial maxim, the spirit of the book is lighthearted and entertaining and Cowen doesn't hesitate to venture beyond economic certitudes to offer some more speculative tips ("Eat at a Thai restaurant that is attached to a motel," for example, or "The more aggressively religious the decor [in a Pakistani restaurant], the better it will be for the food"). When the book ventures into more serious territory, such as discussions of eating to reduce your environmental impact or the issues surrounding GMOs, I read Cowen as being more playfully contrarian than political or ideological. Some of his views may not accord with those of many of his readers (Cowen leans libertarian. I don't, for what it's worth), but if he intends to provoke us a bit he doesn't do so angrily or peremptorily.

Skeptical readers might look at the book's approach and find something cute or amusing in the economic reasoning, but remain dubious that Cowen's suggestions will lead to improved dining experiences. To conclude with a bit of empirical support for the Cowen method, I'll mention that I'm a resident of the Washington, DC area and have used Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide regularly for several years now. The Dining Guide has led me to a number of gems I would never have otherwise found, and I can't think of an occasion where it's led me astray either. I already owe more quality meals to Cowen than to virtually any other writer, and I suspect the rules from this latest book will leave me even deeper in his debt.


Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future
Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa's Future
by George B. N. Ayittey
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, poorly presented, January 22, 2009
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George B.N. Ayittey's *Africa Unchained* contributes some important points to the contemporary discussion of Africa's (lack of) development. His main focus is the abysmal leadership offered by African politicians who have used the mechanisms of the state to enrich themselves at the expense of their populations. Here Ayittey is at his best, ridiculing and excoriating the corruption, avarice, and stupidity of African political leaders in a way that would be difficult for a non-African writer to pull off. His book argues for policies aimed at improving the productivity of Africa's rural agricultural masses, for recognizing and supporting indigenous institutions such as free markets and local politics based on traditional chieftaincy, and for a reduced role of the state in economic activity.

Although Ayittey's ideas have a great deal of merit, they are poorly, incompletely, and haphazardly presented in *Africa Unchained*. The book reads a bit like a drunken rant from a stranger at a bar: it begins relatively coherently, but quickly becomes disjointed, repetitive, and long winded. The author seems unable to make a simple point without numerous tangential diversions. Chapter and section divisions seem to have been distributed at random throughout the book's 450 pages, which is at least 400 pages more than necessary to make the book's substantive points. Africa Unchained is perhaps most remarkable as a marvel of poor editing.

Besides being overwritten and under-edited, the real disappointment of *Africa Unchained* is its failure even to attempt anything approaching its ambitious subtitle as "the Blueprint for Africa's Future." Ayittey offers a few policy ideas, but leaves them largely undeveloped. The book is long on anecdotes but surprisingly short on the kind of evidence and rigorous analysis one would expect from a professor of economics writing about economic issues. Rather than the promised blueprint for success, the book's conclusion offers little in the way of constructive recommendations or even optimism about Africa's prospects. "Africans have no future because their leaders don't use their heads and the Western donors who give them money don't use theirs, either." It's easy to imagine our stranger at the bar muttering this, the book's final sentence, suppressing a few hiccups, then turning back to the bartender, ordering another drink, and continuing, "but did I already tell you about price controls? You know, traditional chiefs never controlled prices in local markets..."
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