Monopoly (Paperback)

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

By Philip E. Orbanes

Da Capo Press, 9780306815744, 312pp.

Publication Date: October 9, 2007

List Price: 17.99*
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Philip Orbanes, master of all things Monopoliana, traces the remarkable story of the world's most famous board game, from its origins as a collegiate teaching tool in the early twentieth century through Monopoly's explosive growth in the postwar decades, to the game's current status as a fixture in homes across the globe. Along the way, Orbanes includes memorable Monopoly personality portraits, surprising Monopoly legends and lore, and an extraordinary tour of the ingenious advertising that contributed to the game's rise in popularity. This is the first and only book to cover comprehensively the origin, growth, and global reach of the game that has become a universal and everyday cultural icon.

About the Author

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.

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

Tucson Citizen, 5/8/08
“A book that explains, at least in part, why 250,000,000 sets have been sold worldwide and why this uniquely American board game continues to fascinate and entertain even after seven decades in the marketplace.”

“A book with trivia galore…Just for keeping dad honest at the next family bash, we have to give this a thumbs up.”

Boston Globe, 10/22/09
“The definitive reference book.”