Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, And Utopian Dreams

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Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, And Utopian Dreams

Format:  Paperback,

305 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jan 2007

ISBN-13: 9780743264105

ISBN-10: 074326410X

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The name Hershey evokes many things: chocolate bars, the company town in Pennsylvania, one of America's most recognizable brands. But who was the man behind the name? In this compelling biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio gives us the real-life rags-to-riches story of Milton S. Hershey, a largely uneducated businessman whose idealistic sense of purpose created an immense financial empire, a town, and a legacy that lasts to this day.
Hershey, the son of a minister's daughter and an irresponsible father who deserted the family, began his career inauspiciously when the two candy shops he opened both went bankrupt. Undeterred, he started the Lancaster Caramel Company, which brought him success at last. Eventually he sold his caramel operation and went on to perfect the production process of chocolate to create a stable, consistent bar with a long shelf life...and an American icon was born.
Hershey was more than a successful businessman -- he was a progressive thinker who believed in capitalism as a means to higher goals. He built the world's largest chocolate factory and a utopian village for his workers on a large tract of land in rural Pennsylvania, and used his own fortune to keep his workers employed during the Great Depression. In addition, he secretly willed his fortune to a boys' school and orphanage, both of which now control a vast endowment.
Extensively researched and vividly written, "Hershey" is the fascinating story of this uniquely American visionary.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jan 2007
ISBN-13: 9780743264105
ISBN-10: 074326410X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 305
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 074326410

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
The Oak and the Vinep. 9
Heroic Boys and Men of Industryp. 26
Wanderingp. 43
Edible Mudp. 54
Catherinep. 70
Ego, Eccentricity, and Screwballsp. 88
Here There Will Be No Unhappinessp. 106
Beneficent Jovep. 127
A Third Lifep. 148
ABetting Manp. 170
The End of Innocencep. 196
Something Like a Godp. 221
The Legacyp. 242
What Would Milton Do?p. 255
Notesp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Indexp. 291

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2005-12-01)

The Hershey chocolate bar is a ubiquitous symbol of America. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist D'Antonio (The State Boys Rebellion) here offers the first full-length study of its creator, Milton Hershey, taking a balanced look at the man, his struggles, his credos, and his legend. His record as a businessman was poor at first, but then a British importer placed a huge order with his Lancaster Caramel Company in Pennsylvania.

He thought next that mass producing affordable milk chocolate would be a huge success and experimented for years until he got the process just right. The rest, as they say, is history. Although driven by philanthropic ideals, Hershey was not beyond corporate espionage, union breaking, and having employees work long hours under dangerous conditions for low wages. As D'Antonio reveals, he did not like his power or ideas challenged.

Yet his story is one of great achievement. Relying heavily on the Hershey Community Archives, D'Antonio does a good job of placing his subject's life within the context of the Gilded Age and its social movements. Charles Castner's One of a Kind: Milton Snavely Hershey, 1857-1945 is more of a celebration of the man, with lots of pictures and a large format. Recommended for all libraries.

-Robert Flatley, Kutztown Univ., PA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

The name Hershey evokes many things: chocolate bars, the company town in Pennsylvania, one of America's most recognizable brands. But who was the man behind the name? In this compelling biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D'Antonio gives us the real-life rags-to-riches story of Milton S. Hershey, a largely uneducated businessman whose idealistic sense of purpose created an immense financial empire, a town, and a legacy that lasts to this day.

Hershey, the son of a minister's daughter and an irresponsible father who deserted the family, began his career inauspiciously when the two candy shops he opened both went bankrupt.

Undeterred, he started the Lancaster Caramel Company, which brought him success at last. Eventually he sold his caramel operation and went on to perfect the production process of chocolate to create a stable, consistent bar with a long shelf life... and an American icon was born.

Hershey was more than a successful businessman -- he was a progressive thinker who believed in capitalism as a means to higher goals. He built the world's largest chocolate factory and a utopian village for his workers on a large tract of land in rural Pennsylvania, and used his own fortune to keep his workers employed during the Great Depression. In addition, he secretly willed his fortune to a boys' school and orphanage, both of which now control a vast endowment.

Extensively researched and vividly written, Hershey is the fascinating story of this uniquely American visionary.

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