The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind | Mary Pilon | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind | Mary Pilon | Talks at Google

TL;DR

Monopoly's origin story is a myth; Lizzie Magie, a feminist and inventor, created The Landlord's Game in 1904, which later turned into Monopoly, but was not credited for her work.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Who invented Monopoly?

Lizzie Magie invented the precursor to Monopoly, The Landlord's Game, in 1904. Charles Darrow popularized the game and sold it to Parker Brothers.

Q: What was the significance of Charles Darrow's involvement in Monopoly?

Charles Darrow is often credited with inventing Monopoly and selling it to Parker Brothers. However, he actually learned the game from a friend and modified it slightly before getting it published.

Q: What role did Ralph Anspach play in the Monopoly story?

Ralph Anspach was an economist who fought a legal battle against Parker Brothers, revealing the true origins of the game and defending his own game, Anti-Monopoly.

Q: How did Monopoly become such a popular game?

Monopoly's success can be attributed to Parker Brothers' marketing efforts and the timing of its release during the Great Depression when people were looking for an escape and a chance to play a game that simulates financial success.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Monopoly, the popular board game, has a more complex and fascinating history than most people realize.

  • Lizzie Magie, an outspoken feminist and inventor, created The Landlord's Game in 1904, which was the precursor to Monopoly.

  • Charles Darrow, often credited with the creation of Monopoly, actually learned the game from a friend and sold the idea to Parker Brothers.

  • Ralph Anspach, an economist, later fought a legal battle against Parker Brothers to reveal the true origins of the game.

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