The Monopolists: the story behind the popular board game


Guest: Mary Pilon

[From the Radio Times archive] What’s your favorite Monopoly game piece – the dog, the top hat, the race car, the shoe? Most of us have spent hours playing the popular board game, amassing properties such as Illinois Avenue, Marvin Garden’s, B & O Railroad, Park Place, and driving our competitors into debt. But the earliest version, The Landlord’s Game, was actually a lesson against capitalism and private landownership. So how did the game evolve from its progressive origins to the version we know today? That’s the fascinating history MARY PILON recounts in her book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game.  She spoke with us earlier this year.

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