9781608199631

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9781608199631

  • ISBN10:

    1608199630

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2/17/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

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Summary

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 manís lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the gameís 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 Landlordís 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 Rooseveltís 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 Monopolyís real-life winners and losers.

Author Biography

Mary Pilon is a sports reporter at The New York Times. She was previously a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal where she wrote page-one features that regularly topped the Journal’s most-emailed list, and were frequently featured on national television and radio. In December 2011 she was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for media. She has worked at Gawker, USA Today, and New York Magazine and is an honors graduate of New York University’s School of Journalism. She lives in New York. Visit her web site at marypilon.com.

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