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"The Monopolists" will be released in February 2015, but you can preorder now! 


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Email Mary if you’re interested in receiving updates on the project. In the meantime, you can read the 2009 Wall Street Journal article about Ralph Anspach and his epic battle, this 2013 NY Times Sunday Review piece about the evolution of the game or about how you're playing it incorrectly

What smart people are saying about it: 

"In The Monopolists, Ms. Pilon not only tells the strange and at times tragic story of the evolution of America’s favorite board game—she also takes us on a jaunt through turn-of-the-century America, where we learn about such far-flung things as the origins of the price tag, the founding of Atlantic City, and the fact that one of the most coveted addresses in the game was home to some of the earliest gay bars in America. This is a must read for anyone who loves the game, and really, who doesn’t?" —Erik Larson, author of Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts

"What enormous fun this book is! Clever, engaging, finely crafted, and endlessly surprising—and revealing in passing much about the ghastliness of American corporate greed. Much like the game itself, indeed." —Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman (and many other bestselling books)

"Mary Pilon has discovered an enthralling story behind Monopoly, as much a history of our country as of its favorite game. She writes with the assurance and energy of a historian who knows she has struck gold." —Gay Talese

"America’s toy chest is stuffed with games whose origins belie their shiny packaging and family-fun marketing—none more than Monopoly. Mary Pilon’s page-turning narrative unravels the innocent beginnings, the corporate shenanigans, and the big lie at the center of this iconic boxed board game." —Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players

"Thanks to Mary Pilon's meticulous reporting and mellifluous prose, we now know the real story of the corporate greed and relentless cover-up that scars Monopoly, one of the most beloved and successful board games of all time. Finally, the truth is out." —William D. Cohan, author of The Last Tycoons

"Dry concepts such as brand identity and copyright are deftly woven to create a compelling and seamless story that many readers will find more entertaining than the game itself."  Publisher' Weekly (starred review)

"The book abounds with interesting tidbits for boardgame buffs but treats its subject seriously. After reading The Monopolists—part parable on the perils facing inventors, part legal odyssey, and part detective story—you’ll never look at spry Mr. Monopoly in the same way again." —Booklist

"Pilon invests this surprisingly contentious chronicle with a dynamic mix of journalistic knowledge and subtle wit . . . A fascinating, appealingly written history of an iconic American amusement." —Kirkus Reviews