Mary Pilon talked about her book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, about the origins of the board-game Monopoly. Ms. Pilon refutes the commonly held history, promoted by the game’s manufacturer Parker Brothers, that an unemployed salesman sold the idea to the toy company in 1935. Instead, the author recounts a version of the game that existed thirty years prior, The Landlord’s Game, created by Lizzie Magie, which was linked to progressive politics. close
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