The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon

Reviewed by Heidi Tebbe, NCSU Libraries Fellow


This was an intriguing read about the unknown history of the game Monopoly and a peek into the early days of toy and board game companies. The gradual evolution and improvement of the game that would eventually become Monopoly, as family and friends shared and modified the game and produced their own boards and cards, reminded me of today's open source development.