The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game (Pilon)

I first heard about this story on one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible with Roman Mars (99% Invisible: The Landlord’s Game). It intrigued me. A game that was originally designed by a woman to be anti-capitalist had been claimed by a man and become all about capitalism. Could there be a more American story? It reminded me of the depiction of McDonald’s in Fast Food Nation. Once a Mom ‘n Pop, a pull yourself up by your own bootstraps success story, well, now look at it now.

Pilon’s research and storytelling are great. Though she self-consciously struggles to explain elements of copyright and trademark law, in the end, it doesn’t really matter. This, too, is an American story, and one I recommend.

Anti-Monopoly – the game

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