"The Monopolists" is here! and it's a new york times bestseller!

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Don't miss the book excerpt from the Sunday New York Times. Mary's musings about the game can also be found at Deadspin, the Financial TimesMedium, The Street.com, Smithsonian, Quartz, Curbed, National Geographic, the Guardian and  Biography.com. She's talked about the game with CBS This MorningMSNBC, C-SPAN, Talks @ Google, Time, the BBC, ForbesBackStory, Jezebel, ViceNPR, 99 Percent Invisible, Wharton, the Huffington Post, WNYCGalleyCatLongreads and played a game with the New Yorker. (Spoiler alert: she won. Phew.) 

Update! "The Monopolists" is being translated into several languages (shoutouts to any new fans reading this via Google Translate!) and is being adapted into a feature-length film! You can learn more about the movie in Deadline, VarietyJezebel and the Guardian. Jimmy Fallon gave it a nice shoutout on "The Tonight Show" and reporting from the book yielded a Jeopardy! clue

What smart people are saying about "The monopolists": 

"Briskly enlightening...[Pilon] has woven a plush, often humorous tapestry of board-game and social history. Even passages devoted to sick children during the Depression fail to deflate her book’s buoyancy. Her ­empathy lies with Magie, Anspach and ­other creative progressives, but she also plays fair by the Darrow and Parker ­families." —James McManus in The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice, a Notable Book of 2015)

"[A] fascinating history . . . The Monopolists lucidly weaves together a multifaceted story . . . [It] builds to an intense pitch - while highlighting several fundamental issues of capitalism. Los Angeles Times

"Highly entertaining . . . Like Monopoly itself, the book unfolds in interesting directions, probing into lost Quaker communities, the early history of Atlantic City, and how a game originally invented to critique capitalism became its most diverting simulacrum." Boston Globe

"A legal, corporate and intellectual whodunit . . .The tale, like the game, becomes a parable for American capitalism, with powerful players stamping out competitors and fortunes being made or destroyed at the roll of the dice . . . anyone who grew up playing Monopoly will have a hard time resisting The Monopolists. "Washington Post, (A Notable Book of 2015)

"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

Read more: The New York Times Book ReviewHarvard Business Review, Slate, the L.A. TimesNew York Post, the Financial Times, the Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, the Toronto Star, the New Republicthe Daily Beast, TheStreet.com, the Telegraph, the Boston Globe, Mental Floss, FusionPasadena WeeklyKill Screen and Investing. And it's an Amazon and Flavorwire selection of the month, as well as a New York Times Book Review Editors choice and was selected as one of the best books of the year by both the Times,  HuffPo and the Washington Post

(Then, there's 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.)  

And if you've made it this far, here's a secret