The Resource The monopolists : obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game, Mary Pilon

The monopolists : obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game, Mary Pilon

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The monopolists : obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game
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The monopolists
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obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game
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Mary Pilon
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Obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game
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obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the worlds favorite board game
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eng
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"With its origins rooted in one of the Wall Street Journal's most emailed stories, The Monopolists is the inside story of how the game of Monopoly came into existence, the heavy embellishment of its provenance 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 Americans who play Monopoly think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvania man who sold his game to Parker Brothers in 1935 and lived happily ever after on royalties. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, an economist and refugee of Hitler's Danzig, unearthed the real story and it traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and to a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie. The Monopolists is in part Anspach's David-versus-Goliath tale of his 1970s battle against Parker Brothers, one of the most beloved companies of all time. Anspach was a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game, which hailed those who busted up trusts and monopolies instead of those who took control of all the properties. While he and his lawyers researched previous Parker Brothers lawsuits, he accidentally discovered the true history of the game, which began with Magie's Landlord's Game. That game was invented more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly and she waged her own war with Parker Brothers to be credited as the real originator of the game. More than just a book aboutboard games, The Monopolists illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century--a social history of American corporate greed that reads like the best detective fiction, told through the real-life winners and losers in the Monopoly wars"--
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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
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New York Times Notable Book, 2015
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10395936
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Pilon, Mary
Dewey number
794
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
GV1469.M65
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Monopoly (Game)
  • Corporations
  • Board games
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adult
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obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game
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The monopolists : obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game, Mary Pilon
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Copyright
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
313 pages
Isbn
9781608199631
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2013047463
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, portraits, photographs
Label
The monopolists : obsession, fury, and the scandal behind the world's favorite board game, Mary Pilon
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
313 pages
Isbn
9781608199631
Lccn
2013047463
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits, photographs

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