The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars

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$11.77
UPC:
9780679421900
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Publisher:
Random House (December 22, 1998)
Shipping Weight:
1.6 pounds
Language:
English
Product Dimensions:
7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
Binding:
Hardcover
Pages:
366
ISBN-10:
0679421904
ISBN-13:
978-0679421900
Author:
Jol Glenn Brenner

Product Overview

Forrest Mars and Milton Hershey built business empires out of chocolate. In this long-awaited history of the candy business, over eight years in the making, former Washington Post reporter Jol Glenn Brenner tells a unique story that is like chocolate itself, a rich blend of many compelling ingredients--in this case, biography and cultural history, investigative reporting and literary journalism. Along the way, Brenner takes us inside a world as mysterious as Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where industrial spies jockey for inside information as paranoid executives fight an all-out war for America's sweet tooth.Forrest Mars, often called the Howard Hughes of candy," was one of the most successful (and private) entrepreneurs in America, a brilliant autocrat who built a unique $20-billion-a-year empire. Milton Hershey was a dreamer who wanted to create not just a company but an industrial paradise, and after making an immense fortune, he promptly gave it all away. To this day, the Hershey company is controlled by a charitable trust and its profits fund the wealthiest orphanage in the world.What began as a fraternity of small family-owned businesses has grown into a cutthroat industry increasingly dominated by corporate leviathans fighting for shelf space and swallowing their smaller competitors. Jol Glenn Brenner's investigation of this cloistered world is authoritative, eye-opening, and written with deep understanding of and feeling for her subject.

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