Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 10, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE OAK AND THE VINE
9
HEROIC BOYS AND MEN OF INDUSTRY
26
WANDERING
43
EDIBLE MUD
54
CATHERINE
70
EGO ECCENTRICITY AND SCREWBALLS
88
HERE THERE WILL BE NO UNHAPPINESS
106
A BETTING MAN
170
THE END OF INNOCENCE
196
SOMETHING LIKE A GOD
221
THE LEGACY
242
WHAT WOULD MILTON DO?
255
NOTES
269
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
289
PHOTOGRAPHIC INSERT
309

BENEFICENT JOVE
127
A THIRD LIFE
148

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About the author (2006)

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 Newsday.

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