Monopoly's hidden history: invented by a woman?

  • 23 February 2015
  • From the section Magazine
Media captionMary Pilon talks about the hidden history of Monopoly.

Like millions of people around the world, I grew up addicted to Monopoly - vying with my siblings to buy Park Avenue and avoid being sent to jail. My story is familiar to many. Not so familiar is the origin of the game.

The tale many of us heard was that an unemployed salesman struck it rich when he invented Monopoly during the Great Depression,

In fact, the real genius behind this much-beloved past time was a woman - who invented decades earlier - as author Mary Pilon reveals in her new book.

Pilon, author of the Monopolists, spoke to me on the set of World News America about the board game we both grew up playing.