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Monopoly Paperback – 28 Jan 2005

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The author chronicles the history of the world's most popular board game, tracing the origins of each "property" within Atlantic City, New Jersey, while recalling the evolution of the game. Original.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
From the Board Games Editor at 28 Nov. 2005
By Megan Romer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great little book that takes a historical look at the game we all love and the story behind it. It starts off with a little bit of the history of the game itself, from Elizabeth Magie's original invention to the worldwide phenomenon the game became.

However, the book mainly focuses on describing the streets, railroads and sites that have given their names to the game board spaces. The book describes them mostly as they were around the time that Monopoly was being invented.

The book is beautifully illustrated with antique photographs and postcards, and shows Atlantic City in a more glamorous and classy era than the current neon-sign-and-big-hair place that it has become.

While the book does not cover more than a little bit about the game itself, it does put it into a fun historical context.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Picture Book of Old-Time Atlantic City 20 May 2007
By Mr. Johnster - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a guidebook on developing strategies on winning Monopoly games, look elsewhere. This book does a fantastic job of explaining the history behind the streets and places printed on a Classic Monopoly gameboard. The postcards are diverse and even cover Baltic Avenue. The postcards are from when the Monopoly game was issued nationally and earlier. This book makes a great present for someone who enjoys playing Monopoly and wants to more about the background and real-world history of the locations on the traditional game.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Visual Tour of Atlantic City 3 Feb. 2007
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Taking a walk on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City was an excursion into a wonderland of grand hotels, amusement piers stocked with colorful rides and marquee performers, and arcades full of games and sweet treats of every description. The Boardwalk was part avenue, part grandstand." ~ pg. 65

If you loved playing MONOPOLY and wondered how this game got it start, then this is the story behind this beloved pastime. Since the game is based on real-life locations in Atlantic City, this book is filled with lovely pictures of the area. The main chapters include:


The Game - A Brief History of MONOPOLY

The Place - A Brief History of Atlantic City

The Railroads

The Properties

The Utilities

Chance and Community Chest

Free Parking

Passing Go

One of the most interesting pictures is one of the original circular game boards from 1933 and a square board from 1932. There is also a drawing of the origins of the game as patented by Lizzie Magie in 1904. Most of the book then focuses on the properties and other fun things like salt water taffy.

~The Rebecca Review
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Original Monopoly locations describe.... 13 Dec. 2006
By lordhoot - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is basically a history of Atlantic City during the time that the boardgame Monopoly was being invented. The book is not so much about the game itself but the locations that are on the game board. The book goes into the history of all the locations on the board by color and explained to the reader what Boardwalk was like in the 1930s or how Marvin Gardens got misspelled and other tidbits. It rather a short book overall and its give a pretty good understanding basic values of locations in terms of Atlantic City to the boardgame.

Of course, the Atlantic City that being described in this book no longer exist. Much like St. Charles Place no longer exist but this book does allowed the reader to know that the game was based on actual locations that one time, had values which was reflected on the game board. I think that was the purpose of this book.
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Lives up to it's title 4 Sept. 2010
By PhillyMusicLover - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this book to quench my love and interest in the game of Monopoly. This book delivered, by going into detail how the game was developed and the history behind all of the features and names of the game. It also went into some strategy and probabilities on return, not too much though. This book is for every Monopoly lover out there. I bought the hardcover edition, very nice and colorful.
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