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

Hershey Milton S Hershey s Extraordinary Life of Wealth Empire and Utopian Dreams 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 Pulitz

  • Title: Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams
  • Author: Michael D'Antonio
  • ISBN: 9780743264105
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 pThe 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 lifed an American icon was born Hershey was 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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    1. A fascinating read about the rise of an icon that came to prominence during the latter part of the Gilded Age. Milton Hershey was the industrious child of a serious and devoted mother and a father who was a bit of a flim-flam artist. In this regard Milton's upbringing was similar to John Rockefeller except that Milton was not so pious and his mother's family had some money to invest in Milton's enterprises of which several ended in bankruptcy. Hershey, without a college education, goes on to bui [...]

    2. A good solid biography of a man who was a lot more interesting than I had ever realized. As I was reading the book, I found myself thinking of Milton Hershey as a benevolent dictator. Then, late in the book, someone was quoted as saying that the town of Hershey was a "philanthropic dictatorship" which is probably a little bit of a better term. Hershey was clearly a man who wanted to do good, but I don't think I would have liked living under his thumb. I would have resented the way he imposed his [...]

    3. Growing up in Ohio, my childhood friends would go to the next door state of Pennsylvania and indulge themselves in family vacations to Hershey, PA. Although I was never privy to the amazing confectionary capital; the Hershey brand holds a special place in my heart. Michael D’Antonio presents a personal portrait of the man behind the company in “Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams”.Despite its sweet topic, “Hershey” suffers from a slow [...]

    4. There is the optimist and the cynic in all of us. Throughout this book I had to keep pushing the cynical Bob back in the bottle only to have cynical Bob try to escape again and again. I was actually able to contain my cynicism finally. You have to either read this book or know the story of Milton Hershey. In the midst of an ugly industrial world filled with slime bag industrialists stood Milton Hershey. He built a business without trampling on his employees, built a town, founded a home/school f [...]

    5. Milton Hersey was mainly known as a benevolent and nice man, but he was more than that. He had his ornery side, too, firing people on a whim. He developed the utopian town of Hersey in 1903. He was good and mostly generous to the town, tho he made some serious mistakes. He was ambitious and developed Heresy chocolate to make millions. At one point Heresy supplied 90% of America's chocolate. All this from a young man that started out making caramels. I enjoyed the book very much, learning the pri [...]

    6. Proving once again that if you made a movie about a fictional person and put them through all the trials and tribulations and failures before reaching success that no one would belive it, the story of Milton Hershey gives you a good ride through perseverance. If you have ever wondered about the life and story behind this empire and what went into that kiss that you are about to eat then this is a good read for you. We take for granted the name of Hershey in the world, but there were many times w [...]

    7. After hearing a presentation about chocolate around Valentine's Day, I reserved the two books the expert had used in preparation for her talk. She caught me by telling some facts about Milton Hershey's life, like the fact that he and his wife were booked to travel on the Titanic and didn't. Anyway, I learned much about chocolate and about the utopian notions of this American who became wealthy because of his efforts. But unlike the Robber Barons of his time, he priced his product affordably, emp [...]

    8. I found this book to be a very interesting read. I kept sharing facts with everyone around me. I also liked the writing style and could tell the author researched as much as possible for first hand accounts. Note: I did pretty much skip over the last couple chapters after he died.

    9. When you read of other industry leaders, Hershey is one of the few, other than James J. Hill, CEO of the Great Northern Railroad, who's concerned with his legacy brought more tools for the community than toys for himself.

    10. This was a really interesting read about a visionary progressive business leader Milton Hershey was focused on the good that money can do, and he lived his philosophy. Worth the read.

    11. This book was a little slow for me. While it did adequately describe M Hershey, it dragged on for bits. And that Hershey community was a bit odd. He obviously wanted to control everything his workers did - from where they lived, to how to keep their house, to where they shopped, and where they went to school. A little too much like a cultish community for my taste.

    12. I grew up in Southern California. Like every God fearing Southern Californian, my family paid ritual homage to the Mouse, and his creator, Walt Disney. I still know the Magic Kingdom better than any other set of 85 acres on the planet. Its where we celebrated birthdays, the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve. We lived for special events that allowed us to stay after the park was usually closed. I retain vivid memories of my only childhood stay in the "luxury" of the Disneyland Hotel. Like Star Wa [...]

    13. It is hard to tell what is more addictive a chocolate bar or the story of Milton Hershey. I would actually argue the latter. This book had all the is the perfect ingredients for an enthralling and enjoyable read, turn of the century innovation, a slightly ectrentic candy maker, a utopian town, and charity that rivals the great philanthropist of any time.My desire to seek out this title came after a. Is it to the Hershey Museum in Hershey, PA. I came away with a single thought - I've got to find [...]

    14. What would Milton Do?Milton Hershey would build the biggest chocolate company in the world--in 1947 just before he died, his utopian experiment in candy and community-building made 90% of the chocolate sold in the United States! This is the story (neither authorized nor sponsered by the company according to the book jacket) of Hershey's intrepid life: his first two candy companies failed), his fabulously successful company: which he started after selling his third (and first successful) startup [...]

    15. In Hershey, Michael D'Antonio's main message is to never give up and to try to make the world as beautiful as possible. This book primarily takes place in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a town often described as a utopia. This book is told mostly in the third person limited following Milton Hershey, as it follows his exploits involving his wife, Catherine Sweeney, his beloved aunt, Martha Snavely, and his mischievous father, Henry Hershey. This book follows Henry Hershey's life before Milton's birth, Mi [...]

    16. Really well-researched and very in-depth, but at times slow, disjointed and had an overwhelming amount of details. Was a really interesting read though, since I knew very little about M.S. Hershey - what a remarkable man! You could tell the author wrote this book with a lot of care, love and time.

    17. A fascinating look at the life of the man who brought chocolate to mainstream America. Milton S. Hershey's life is presented in an interesting, straight-forward manner. Hershey was raised in poverty as his father, always dreaming of something bigger and better, drifted from place to place. His mother came from a prosperous Mennonite family. Hershey's early business attempts were failures, but he persevered with his mother's family's financial help. The book is as much a history of industry, phil [...]

    18. Milton S. Hershey spent most of his life failing. He quit school. He started working at the local candy shop (because his mom forced him to, and it was the only way to meet girls!). Milton quit that. He started making candy and failed. He started making caramels and after a small success- he failed. He moved out west with his caramel recipe and failed out there. Milton moved to Chicago and failed. He spent every day observing how the wold fair confectioners worked. After the fair came down he bo [...]

    19. The life and legacy of Milton Hershey is one of the more intriguing stories in American business and history. The debates of ruthless business man or utopian planer are debated frequently and this book does an excellent job of putting it in perspective. It is light and well written allowing easy access to the story of Milton Hershey and his legacies including his town, his company and his favorite, the Milton Hershey School for Boys. I have to agree with the other reviewers in echoing that this [...]

    20. After visiting Hersheypark with the kids and seeing the sanctioned biography of Hershey on display, I was curious to find a biography of the man. I picked this one up because it was not sponsored by Hershey in any way and generally found it to be a fine little read. My only complaint about the book is that where the true story may deviate from the Hershey script, D'Antonio is hesitant to claim either side true, and sometimes hedges otherwise obvious pronouncements. For example, it seems like bad [...]

    21. I loved this book. I found it interesting, well-researched, easy to read and difficult to put down, and loved how he weaved history in with the tale of Milton Hershey.Milton aside, I find it interesting how the times have gone full circle since the late 18th century, from times of a few sociopathic men getting fabulously rich (often at the expense of lowly-paid immigrants) to the trust busting and labor wars in the early 20th century that leveled out the pay back to the modern era of bloated hea [...]

    22. The book is good but its the story that makes the book. I've always been indifferent to chocolate. I'd rather have cheese. But after visiting Hershey PA and hearing Milton Hershey's story I was stunned. He had his idiosyncrasies but he was the most generous corporate owner I've ever heard of. He also treated his employees as well as anyone I've ever heard of. He built just about everything of significance in the town. And in 1918 he secretly rolled all of his wealth into an orphanage. He gave it [...]

    23. Hershey's life was extraordinary and this book is filled with fascinating anecdotes. But the book is not put together all that well. It is repetitive in places and jumps around in ways that are confusing and frustrating. I am still not clear about how a factory was planned and built without Hershey knowing how he would make the chocolate. The author also has an annoying habit of saying "there is some evidence that x," without ever telling you anything specific about the evidence. How is the read [...]

    24. Milton Hershey was not perfect, but he did create a chocolate that was one of the first recognizable brands and one of the first candy bars. More than that, 100 years later, it is still popular world wide.He also created a near perfect company town that allowed his employees a standard of living far above most people at the time: electricity, indoor plumbing for example. Reading about how the company grew was very interesting to me. I remember when I was a child and tourists could go into the fa [...]

    25. A unique entrepreneur, Milton S. Hershey was also a somewhat complicated and quite admirable man. Although the town of Hershey could be perceived as a big-brother type of experiment, the generosity and foresight of Hershey coupled with his goodwill toward his employees and community is inspiring! Except for my (almost compulsive!) urge to partake of Hershey chocolate bars the entire time it took me to read this wonderful book, I enjoyed every bite, um, word! Reading this biography provided me wi [...]

    26. This was a fabulous book, and I will be looking for more of the author's works in the future. Not only did I learn about Milton Hershey, I learned about the culture he existed in, the hardships he faced, and the lives of those around him. This is not simply a biography, it's a snapshot of an era lost to us forever. Yet, interestingly, perhaps not as lost as one might initially think. A close reader will find parallels between what Hershey dealt with and what are modern society gives us today in [...]

    27. This biography on Milton S. Hershey was a pretty good read. With not much in the way of personal writings from M.S the author did a good job of painting M.S.'s childhood, failures, relationships with others, and his business life. There were times when the book was a bit dull and hard to get through, but overall, I liked the bio. It was interesting to learn that M.S. was a big gambler, and how strongly he created his trust to limit exactly what his fortune could be used for with regards to the H [...]

    28. A good biography of an interesting man. As indicated by the subtitle, the focus of the book is on how Hershey built his huge industry and wealth, as well as his attempts to create socially progressive communities and institutions. The same ideas and themes recurred throughout his life, which made the book feel a bit repetitive. Still, the events of Hershey the man, Hershey the company, and Hershey the community through Industrialism, World Wars, and labor protests were both enlightening and enco [...]

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