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

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Extensively researched and vividly written by Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist Michael D’Antonio, Hershey is the fascinating story of the unique American visionary Milton S. Hershey.

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.

About The Author

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Michael D’Antonio is the author of many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest, Fall from Grace, Tin Cup Dreams, Mosquito, and The State Boys Rebellion. His work has also appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Discover, and many other publications. Among his many awards is the Pulitzer Prize, which he shared with a team of reporters for New York Newsday.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 10, 2006)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743282369

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"Thorough and fair...Hershey is a valuable addition to the literature of American business and philanthropy."
-- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"A richly detailed biography of the founder and an absorbing history of the Hershey company."
-- Hardy Green, BusinessWeek

"[C]aptivating...unfolds much like a good novel."
-- Jonathan Potts, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A charming and absorbing account of one of American capitalism's eccentric visionaries."
-- Anthony Day, Los Angeles Times

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