Summary of Hershey

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

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Hershey book summary
Your chocolate candy bar has a tasty story – the rich, complex history of idealist and industrialist Milton S. Hershey.


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Michael D’Antonio has achieved a rare balance in this best-selling biography. He recounts a complex life story that it is often as vividly exciting as a good novel, but he carefully and factually grounds it as solid history. What’s more, he balances an element of exposé with respect for his subject. D’Antonio shares all the lurid gossip about Milton S. Hershey and outlines all of the chocolate manufacturer’s flaws and limitations. Nevertheless, he retains a respectful tone in absorbing, readable prose. He shows how some of Hershey’s good deeds may have included elements of self-interest, whimsy or even neurosis, but he does not dismiss their essential goodness. Finally, he explains how Hershey’s personal qualities led to his success, and how larger social trends shaped his business. getAbstract recommends this book to those who are interested in industrial history, and to those who love chocolate and are intrigued by the man and the business behind the quintessential American candy bar.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Milton S. Hershey built his chocolate empire;
  • How he realized his dreams for his business and community; and
  • How he overcame professional and personal challenges.


Why "What Would Milton Do?" Still Matters
In 2002, the board of the Hershey School Trust planned to sell its Hershey Food Corporations stock. The sale would have allowed the Trust to diversify its holdings and reduce the risk it had been exposed to by having so much of its assets invested...
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About the Author

Michael D’Antonio’s work has appeared in Discover, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine, among many others. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for his work for Newsday. He also wrote Tour 72 and co-authored Mosquito and The Fourth Mega-Market.

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