The Monopolists

by Mary Pilon | History |
ISBN: 1620405717 Global Overview for this book
Registered by davemurray101 of Christiansted, US Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands on 1/23/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by davemurray101 from Christiansted, US Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands on Saturday, January 23, 2016
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 gripping 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.

Journal Entry 2 by davemurray101 at The Brunswick Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Friday, November 9, 2018

Released 4 yrs ago (11/9/2018 UTC) at The Brunswick Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania Australia


Released at the Hobart Unconvention opening dinner.

Journal Entry 3 by futurecat at Hobart, Tasmania Australia on Saturday, November 10, 2018
Picked up at the Friday night BC-AUS uncon dinner. Looks like it might be interesting.

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Journal Entry 4 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, February 2, 2019
Interesting, but got a bit bogged down in the details sometimes. I think I would have enjoyed it more as a long article than a book.

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