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Monopoly: The World's Most Famous Game--And How It Got That Way

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Over 200,000,000 copies of the Monopoly(r) game have been sold worldwide since Parker Brothers first popularized it in 1935, making it the world's most popular proprietary game. Countless special and national editions of the game are now published in over sixty countries. But while Monopoly has global appeal, it is distinctly American--a symbol of America's system of econo ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published October 23rd 2006 by Da Capo Press (first published 2006)
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Michael Haydel
Aug 28, 2009 Michael Haydel rated it really liked it
Monopoly is another one of those books that I really love reading, as it falls into the category otherwise known as "monohistories". Basically, the biography of a singular item. I've read many of these types of books (salt, coffee, etc), and I always enjoy seeking them out.

What makes Monopoly, the book, interesting is to read about life before Monopoly, the game. There were numerous incarnations of money/property related games that all had the intention of imparting on the player a sense of what
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Raza Syed
May 05, 2014 Raza Syed rated it liked it
The history of Monopoly
Interesting read. It traces the life and development of the game, the people involved and their relationships and dynamics. The tale of Monopoly is interwoven with the major events taking place in the 20th century - how the allies used monopoly boards to smuggle 'escape tools' to the POWs in NAzI camps during WW2.
The tale goes from the birth (The Landlord's Game) to the current versions of the monopoly. The book is well researched and well written. If the author would hav
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Daniel
Feb 07, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic book! Part history, part economics, part business, part game-playing. There was just the right amount of all of this that I felt I understood how the game developed and why it thrived.

The depth of research was incredible. And like so many things that have withstood the test of time, it is interesting to note that this game was rejected a number of times before it was finally given the opportunity to sit of the store shelves. It speaks to the creators' perseverence that it di
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Nathaniel
Feb 05, 2015 Nathaniel rated it it was ok
Eh. It's an extended commercial for Monopoly written by a senior executive at Hasbro (nee Parker Brothers) who ended up as "Monopoly historian" as a side project. I don't doubt the author's passion for the game, but the book itself is uneven and its structure is questionable. The author's grasp of American and world history other than that directly pertaining to Monopoly is often lacking, and he seems to be going out of his way to distort various small incidents that the game played throughout h ...more
Stacy
Jan 19, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give it a generous three stars because there is definately the material and brilliant idea for a book, it just was not assembled well. The author throws too many unecessary individuals into the story, creating a lot of chaos and confusion as so many names pop in and out of the story line. Also, the second page of every chapter has these weird illustrations and graphics, it's distracting. Finally, while it was a noble effort to make a case that Monopoly somehow impacted every American President ...more
Brent Mair
Jul 27, 2014 Brent Mair rated it really liked it
Loved the history, which is much of the book. Less interested in the collection stories at the end. Overall, quite interesting.
Jon
Sep 30, 2011 Jon rated it liked it
An interesting history on Monopoly and even made me want to play the game (with the actual rules) again. Given the many painful experiences with Monopoly, that's saying something.[return][return]However, the high point of the book is the early history. The end of the book lacks a bit of the charm of the beginning. I wish it had ended with the description of contests as the final chapter on Monopoly collectors bored me more than anything else. It's hard to peg exactly why I didn't like it, but it ...more
Ensiform
Jul 14, 2010 Ensiform rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, gaming
From the turn of the last century, when Elizabeth Magie patented her Monopoly-like Landlord’s Game, to the 2006 Mega Edition, Orbanes chronicles the story of Parker Brothers’ biggest and most perennial hit. Paralleling the story of the board game with American financial and political history, he chronicles the appeal of the game from the Depression, through the Cold War, the excesses of the Eighties and beyond.

One of the biggest surprises this book reveals to the casual Monopoly player is that C
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Jason
Jan 10, 2015 Jason rated it liked it
Monopoly, will be celebrating its 80th birthday in 2015. The book is an overview of the history the game, starting with its predecessors, that were hand made and played in economics classrooms, until the game finally was released - the book also covers the various economics of the decades that influenced the game as it grew in popularity
Sarah Whitney
Mar 17, 2009 Sarah Whitney rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, a-gift, own, 2009
This was a pretty good book. Definitely an awesome book (higher rating) for those really into Monopoly or game-history.

My godfather gave me this book because he and I have played Monopoly together since my first visit to their home in West Virginia when I was fourteen.

Our most recent game was when I drove to visit them in their New Hampshire home in 2004. Our inside joke is that he always accuses me of cheating when I "steal" the lead.

Overall the book was an interesting insight to the story b
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Gordon Zane
Jul 01, 2011 Gordon Zane rated it liked it
This history of the board game Monopoly follows the games development through multiple manufacturers and creators, until the game takes the shape we know today.

The best parts of the book are the tangents about history and history that put the game in context, although a few tend to wander off. Half a page devoted to The Beatles "Revolution #9" is especially pointless and grating.

The book drags a little toward the end, especially once the author begins to talk about tournaments and strategy, but
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Beth
Aug 14, 2007 Beth rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: History buffs and game lovers
A fantastic look at a great game. The author presents a fascinating history, dating back before the depression. The reader also gets a look at the interworkings of game publication and development. The final chapters revolve around world tournaments and strategies. I love Monopoly, and this was an exciting book for me. Highly recommended.
Ernest
Jul 27, 2011 Ernest rated it liked it
This was a fun and informative book that outlined the history of Monopoly. As a fan of this board game, it was interesting to see how the game developed. Of particular interest are descriptions of old rules and pictures of Monopoly’s predecessors. The author’s interest in this board game is clear and translates to a fun and easy read.
Mary
Nov 07, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
Interesting read about Monopoly's complex origins and various revisions over the course of the 20th century. Lots of pictures. For serious Monopoly fans only. Includes appendices of original rules, as well as rules of some affiliated games.
Trebro
Nov 04, 2007 Trebro rated it it was ok
Shelves: books
Only really good for game geeks, not that that's a bad thing. This is my typical 2-star book, only for those interested in the subject. See my review here: http://trebro.livejournal.com/287477....
Laura
Oct 20, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
There was more to this book than just the history of Monopoly. I also learned some economic history of the US in the 20th century. The book made me want to play Monopoly more. :)
Jeff Fredericksen
I loved this book. Was an easy read and the history of my favorite board game was insightful.
Ih8JaneAusten
Sep 18, 2008 Ih8JaneAusten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop
kinda like the game...holds your attention for about a half hour, then you get bored.
John Randolph
Oct 10, 2013 John Randolph rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
Everything you ever wanted to know about how the game became so popular.
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