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

ISBN-10: 074326410X
ISBN-13: 9780743264105
Edition: 2007
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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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 1/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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,Hersheyis the fascinating story of this uniquely American visionary.

Introduction
The Oak and the Vine
Heroic Boys and Men of Industry
Wandering
Edible Mud
Catherine
Ego, Eccentricity, and Screwballs
"Here There Will Be No Unhappiness"
Beneficent Jove
A Third Life
A Betting Man
The End of Innocence
Something Like a God
The Legacy
What Would Milton Do?
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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