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Monopoly: The Story Behind the World's Best-Selling Game Hardcover – January 1, 2004
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I left the Big Apple in 2005 when I tossed life's dice and landed on Pacific Avenue. It's a two-bed two-bath condo on the twenty-third floor with ocean views eastward and the city to the south.
I learned to play Monopoly at ten on a luxury edition although at ten I did not know (or care) that it was a luxury edition. It belonged to my father, left to him by his father, killed in a conflict long ago forgotten. This, the Wooden Monopoly Luxury Edition, went well in our home as a small piece of furniture. The set corresponded to our home's wood finishes and remained on a table ready to play. The set was well made of what I thought to be real leather; I did not have an awareness of faux-leather at the time. And same with the wood, I knew not of veneer. The set bespoke of the days before the advent of television.
MORNING IN PAIRADICE, Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, and I'm trying to decide: To the gym--or the pool? Before I can decide she pulls me back in the bed.
Now, out at sea, where the Atlantic meets the sky, an orange sun rises up out of the ocean. Clam boats head out for their daily haul while seagulls fly about in search of breakfast. Precious sea breezes flow through open windows and though the corrosion is not far behind, the building takes care of that. That's what condo fees are for.
Never, ever, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine I'd be living on Pacific Avenue. I do not mean just ANY old Pacific Avenue. I mean the Pacific Avenue on the Monopoly board. Often, with friends and family, I had played the game, but NEVER did I guess I'd one day BE the game.
MONOPOLY: THE STORY BEHIND THE WORLD'S BEST-SELLING GAME was compiled by Rod Kennedy, Jr. with text by Jim Waltzer in association with the Atlantic City Historical Museum. It was designed by Linda Herman and published by MJF Books, a subsidiary of Fine Communications, New York City. Hard cover, 96 pages; interesting photos and images throughout.
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
Chance and Community Chest
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
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.
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.