|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2007|
|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|
|The Oak and the Vine||p. 9|
|Heroic Boys and Men of Industry||p. 26|
|Edible Mud||p. 54|
|Ego, Eccentricity, and Screwballs||p. 88|
|Here There Will Be No Unhappiness||p. 106|
|Beneficent Jove||p. 127|
|A Third Life||p. 148|
|ABetting Man||p. 170|
|The End of Innocence||p. 196|
|Something Like a God||p. 221|
|The Legacy||p. 242|
|What Would Milton Do?||p. 255|
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
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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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