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The rich biography behind the candy bar,
This review is from: Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams (Hardcover)
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 expos? 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. We recommend 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.