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New Hampshire, Then & Now, by Peter E. Randall '63
Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams by Michael D'Antonio '77

Michael Champoux '85
John Carroll, UNH professor of environmental conservation
S. Melvin Rines '47
Feddy Pouideh '94
David L. Richards '97G
Ryan Madden '93G
Jeanne Munn Bracken '68
Stephanie Higgins '98
Also of Note...
Betsy Klimasmith '95G
Toni Raiten-D'Antonio '77
Fred Samuels and Joann Snow Duncanson '52
Jerry L. Jennings '83G, '84G, as told by Stella S. Yollin
David A. Levine '81

New Hampshire, Then & Now
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Peter Randall '63, an award-winning panoramic photographer, traveled New Hampshire to take the "now" photographs for this book of "Historical and Contemporary Photographs of the Granite State from 1840-2005." Except for one or two, the vintage photographs are black and white shots made on view cameras by unknown photographers. There are many beautiful, sweeping landscapes here, although since New Hampshire is 90 percent woodland now, many of the scenes that Randall wanted to shoot were overgrown with trees. Thumbing through the pages of this moving collection inspires all kinds of cliches in the mind of the reader, like "the more things change, the more they stay the same." Mostly, though, you feel grateful to Randall for his artistic vision, which continually captures the essence of New Hampshire.

Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams
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Few brands are more enmeshed in American culture than Hershey's chocolate. In the early 1900s, Milton Hershey pioneered a strategy of producing huge quantities of a few varieties of chocolate (the almond bar and the kiss were the most successful), none costing more than a nickel. Those were Hershey bars that American soldiers handed out to European children during World War II. And in 2005, 100 years after it was first produced along Spring Creek in Pennsylvania, Hershey's chocolate was still voted America's favorite.

This new engrossing book by Michael D'Antonio '77 is the first major biography of Hershey, the entrepreneur, philanthropist and social engineer who founded a company, a town and a school, managing to "do good while doing well." It's also a fascinating cultural history of progressivism, capitalism and chocolate. D'Antonio argues that of all the very wealthy capitalists--Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan were others--only Hershey was able to "raise the spirits, and the standard of living, of all involved in his company." Hershey, Penn., became as close to an industrial utopia as this country has ever seen, and when it was time to establish a legacy, Hershey created a trust that made the orphanage school for boys that he began in 1910 the sole beneficiary. (As of 2005, the trust was worth $8 billion.)

Hershey had vision, ambition and an extraordinary amount of luck. His father was a charming, charismatic dreamer; his mother had strict Mennonite morals about responsibility and service to community. Milton was a blend of both.

He learned the candy business as a 15-year-old apprentice at an ice cream parlor. When he went out on his own, he came up with a recipe for soft caramels that was a hit. Then at an 1893 exposition, Hershey saw Dresden confectioner J.M. Lehmann's milk chocolate production line, and had an "aha!" moment. Europe was experiencing a chocolate craze, and Hershey sensed that it would catch on in America. When he added Pennsylvania milk to the mix, it became even better, and thus an empire was born.

Hershey was a complex, mercurial man whose motto was "Business is a matter of Human Service." His creations--the company, the town and the school--"were more a reflection of his values than his ego," D'Antonio concludes. "At a time when many Americans feel isolated in their communities, insecure in their jobs, and confused about the nature and purpose of wealth, the Hershey story offers answers, cautions and inspiration."~