Philip Orbanes, the leading expert on all things Monopoliana, tells the remarkable history of the game, from its predecessor's birth as a teaching tool for an economics class in the first decade of the twentieth century through its explosive growth in the postwar decades to it being a ubiquitous fixture in just about every American home today. Orbanes includes fascinating Monopoly personality portraits, little-known Monopoly legends and lore, and the extraordinary variety of advertising used throughout the twentieth century. This is the first and only book to cover comprehensively the origin, growth, and global impact of the game that has become a cultural icon. This book is not endorsed by Hasbro Games.
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"Orbanes heightens the readability by interweaving his own personal storyat Parker Brothers, which he joined in 1979, and judging Monopoly world tournamentsthroughout this lively chronicle that puts the iconic game in the context of a slice of social history." - PW.
"Academics will find inadequate documentation of sources, and some discussion will be too esoteric for the average nonfiction reader." - Library Journal.
"The author's clear love of the game is infectious, making for an enjoyable and entertaining read." - Kirkus.
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