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The Billion Dollar Monopoly (r) Swindle [Paperback]

Ralph Anspach
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October 10, 2000 0738831395 978-0738831398 2
The court-validated history of the world's most popular board game--embedded in a story of a little guy who took on Corporate America and won. Told with suspense and humor by the professor turned business man turned detective who uncovered the swindle and found the truth. Find out how a woman and a group of Atlantic City Quakers invented Monopoly® only to be deleted from history in a scheme to fatten the corporate bottom line.

"A documentary based on the book is in the works."

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About the Author

Ralph Anspach is a Professor of Economics at San Francisco State University and author of two books and many professional articles. He had a harrowing childhood in Hitler's Germany and then soldiered with the U.S. army in the Philippines and fought with the army of Israel during its war of independence. He was also a university student in Paris, construction stiff in Morocco, a secret code clerk with the U.S. army in Germany, and an exchange professor in Indonesia. He invented the Anti-Monopoly game, stumbled on the market on his own, and eventually sold a million games worldwide. On the way, he was sideswiped by the makers of Monopoly with a ten-year law suit which he finally won in the United States Supreme Court. During the legal wars, he turned detective and uncovered the swindle at the roots of the world's most popular board game.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris; 2 edition (October 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738831395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738831398
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,333,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Up Against the Monopoly January 31, 2009
I met Ralph Anspach at the 2009 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver. I was looking for books to publish, and he had this curious self-published book titled "Monopolygate" (The new title for this ISBN, apparently). Anspach explained that he was the inventor of the game Anti-Monopoly, and that his company was sued for trademark infringement by Parker Brothers and that he eventually won the suit. I had recalled from my youth this particular news item, and had seen the first edition of Anti-Monopoly in a local toy store while all this was going down, so I was excited to find a piece of what was for me, a piece of my childhood come to life.

It seemed like this could be a good topic for our Game Day imprint, and so Anspach gave me a free review copy to read.

Now, I am pretty biased against self-published books, as they are usually poorly written, but as is my nature, I read the first few pages. This was one of those times where a few pages turned into a couple of chapters and then into a long night of not being able to put the book down. There are some typographical errors that stand out, but Anspach has a way of telling a great story about what is essentially a long, drawn-out legal fight against the odds. It's full of people and their opinions, and even the dreaded Parker Brothers-General Mills juggernaut legal team is full of interesting personalities. The twists in this case keep on coming, and considering that all of Anspach's amateur detective work was done in the age before the Internet, it is an amazing piece of real-life amateur sleuthing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never see Monopoly the same again January 15, 2003
This is a wonderful tale of Goliath from David's point of view -- you'll be amazed at what an American business will do to defend its false patent, and it would be downright unbelievable in fiction that a judge would do what a judge actually did -- but you have to believe it because it's there in the court records.
Written with self-effacing humor, this book is a fast and pleasurable read. Unfortunately there's quite a lot of misplaced punctuation (especially quotation marks) that distract from the flow -- but aside from that I find no flaws worth mentioning. Recommended to everyone who's ever played Monopoly (so you can find out what the game you've been playing is *really* about).
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