The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game Review

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins.

Most think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold his game to Parker Brothers during the Great Depression in 1935 and lived happily--and richly--ever after. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game decades later, unearthed the real story, which traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical Landlord's Game more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly. Her game--underpinned by morals that were the exact opposite of what Monopoly represents today--was embraced by a constellation of left-wingers from the Progressive Era through the Great Depression, including members of Franklin Roosevelt's famed Brain Trust.

A fascinating social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century, The Monopolists reads like the best detective fiction, told through Monopoly's real-life winners and losers.

Title:The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game

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  • Saba Imtiaz

    I absolutely loved this book, and I suspect if you've ever played Monopoly, you will too. This is a really wonderfully told account of the origins of Monopoly, the economic and political beliefs behin...

  • Pamela

    Such a fascinating fun book!!! If you’ve ever played Monopoly and/or you’re a card carrying member of the ‘Curious Minds Want to Know the Most Random Things’ club, this book is for you. Mary P...

  • Dawn

    This is it in a nutshell: "The Monopolists" was as much fun to read as the game is to play. Although politics and the law frequently play into the story, Mary Pilon did an exceptional job of keeping m...

  • Mahlon

    While the true story of Monopoly's origins, and the way in which some of the early players helped the games popularity spread was fascinating, The disjointed nonlinear nature of Pilon's narrative real...

  • Karen Germain

    I love board games nearly as much as I love stories, so when I saw Mary Pilon's book on the sordid origins of Monopoly, I immediately wanted in on the scandal. Thank you to Bloomsbury USA for an advan...

  • Ridwan Anam

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  • Chris Cole

    Interesting story of how Monopoly was really created. Part economics lesson, part history lesson, and part legal thriller. Took awhile for me to get into it, but once I did I was glad I stuck with it!...

  • Shannon

    From the time it hit stores in the 1930’s, Parker Brothers sold Monopoly with the encouraging backstory of being invented by a Pennsylvania father struggling through the Great Depression. However, m...

  • Jeffrey

    Let's say you want to hear a true history full of intrigue and deception as well told as any spy novel, but where the stakes are mere ideas. That you'd never want to read through tomes of patent law, ...

  • Sean O

    This book is the story of Monopoly, and it divides into two sections:The hidden history of the creation of Monopoly: This part of the book is fascinating and is filled with interesting early 20th-cent...