Mary Pilon

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind...

Mary Pilon

Talk: The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind...

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins. Most think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold his game to Parker Brothers during the Great Depression in 1935 and lived happily ever after. That story is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach unearthed the real story, which traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical Landlord's Game more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly.

Mary Pilon

Mary Pilon is an award winning journalist based in the US who primarily writes about sports and business. Her work has appeared on The New York Times, USA Today, New York Magazine, and reported for the Wall Street Journal. She wrote the first graphic novel to appear on The New York Times titled, “Tomato Can Blues”. She won a Gerald Loeb award for her coverage of the 2010 Flash Crash.

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

The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins.

Find out more