Hershey by Michael D'Antonio
Milton S. 's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams

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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.

About Michael D'Antonio

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As part of a team of journalists from Newsday, MICHAEL D’ANTONIO won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting before writing many acclaimed books, including Atomic Harvest and The State Boys Rebellion. He has also written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Miller Place, New York.
Published January 10, 2006 by Simon & Schuster. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The childless magnate’s favored eleemosynary object was the Hershey Industrial School for selected orphan boys—no slow learners, antisocial types or bedwetters.

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How Milton S. Hershey built an empire, and a town, out of chocolate.

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Anthony Day NY Times Book Review 4 of 5 Stars "While some look at Hershey and see either a beneficent angel or a willful tyrant, it is the great charm of D’Antonio’s book that he will not plunk entirely for one judgment or the other.

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My guess is that the sources in the Hershey Community Archives that D'Antonio relied on had little to say about it, although apparently D'Antonio was able to learn (and write about) other aspects of the Hershey company's "part of the war effort."

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