Monopoly by Philip E. Orbanes
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 economic "opportunity." In Monopoly: America's Game, 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

About Philip E. Orbanes

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Philip E. Orbanes has been the chief judge at Monopoly championships since 1979, and is the author of Game Makers and the best-selling book Monopoly Companion. He lives in Massachusetts.
Published October 23, 2006 by Da Capo Press. 280 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The subsequent popularity of Monopoly across the globe is carefully pored over by the author, while interesting snippets of information, such as the lamentable destruction of almost all of the 1939 editions of The Landlord’s Game and Mussolini’s objection to the game being produced in Italy, help...

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In his account of the development of "the most significant money game in history" (200 million copies sold in 60 countries since 1935), former Parker Brothers vice president Orbanes (The Monopoly Companion ) sets the game against a backdrop of political and economic events spanning a century.

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Monopoly is by far one of the best known and best selling games of all time.

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Perhaps it's inevitable that a history of Monopoly — a game based on the mechanics of advanced capitalism — would find itself weighed down heavily by an exploration of popular 20th-century economic history.

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