book: The Monopolists

b&b44 Mary Pilon & The Monopolists

To close out Women’s History Month, we talk with Mary Pilon, whose new book reveals the true history of the invention of Monopoly. The story Parker Brothers tells is such common knowledge that it’s included as an insert in every Monopoly set – Charles Darrow, down on his luck, invents the game in his basement, during the Great Depression, sells it to Parker Brothers, and goes from rags to riches overnight.

Turns out, the game was invented 30 years before by a woman inventor, named Lizzie Magie, who created the Landlord’s Game as a way to show the evils of monopolies. Mary takes us on the wild journey she took to put together the pieces and tell a story that until now, has long been forgotten.