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In 1883, George Parker was 16 years old, and he liked to play board games. But he and his friends were tired of the "heavy-handed moral lessons" of the typical board game, and George, an inventive young man, created his own game, called Banking (chartered banks were a relatively new thing in the U.S., and people were fascinated by the whole subject). It was a success, and soon George and his brother, Charles, formed their own company, Parker Brothers. This playful history of the company, written by a former employee, chronicles Parker Brothers from its birth through its early successes (including Pit, a card game invented by Edgar Cayce), its subsequent lean years, and its transition into pop-culture icon. Most of us know Parker Brothers as the company that makes Monopoly (created seven decades ago), but Orbanes lets us know it's much more than that; for example, George Parker was the guy who brought Ping-Pong to the U.S. No fan of board games should be without this entertaining business history. David Pitt
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"[T]his book makes an excellent choice for anyone interested in the development and growth of a family business." -- Publisher's Weekly
"an intriguing read." -- USA Today, January 12th, 2004
Excellent play by play explanation of what happened to Parker Brothers. Learned a lot how to manage a business.Published 2 months ago by Toy Engineer
A must for any serious game collector; well written, fascinating history of one of the game industry's earliest game maker / inventors.Published on May 20, 2013 by Joe Seymour
For the information presented, it is good, but so much more should have been included about the earliest of the board games.Published on May 6, 2013 by Douglas P Phillips
This was a true history of one of the most well-known game production companies. I have only begun to delve into the lives of the Parker Brothers, but so far it has been a very... Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by CAROLYN J. BORCHARDT
The first half of this book a fascinating adventure about the men who started the company and made millions (or billions) of people happy with their products. Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Daniel Limbach
This book covers the history of the Parker Brothers Company from its founding by George Parker in the 1880s to its final absorption by the Hasbro conglomerate in 1991. Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by Efrem Sepulveda
This is a perfect companion to Orbanes' other two books about the Monopoly game. If you have an interest in the history of Monopoly, this is good to have. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Dr. Seuss