It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan

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Read It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan Online Free - Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification?

In It’s All a Game, British journalist and renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.

Title : It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan
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ISBN : 1250082722
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Orsolya rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

No matter the obsession with technology and computerized entertainment; the playing of board games still abounds the lives of youth and has even experienced resurgence in the culture of adults from “board game nights” to dates. Akin to the analog in a digital world, board games may not be the pri...

Eduardo rated it ★★★★★

January 04, 2018

Considering I play "heavy" board games weekly I was predisposed to enjoy this book. What I did not expect was for this to be a fascinating popular culture history book. It chronicles the creation of ubiquitous things such as crosswords, artificial intelligence and perennial family favourites like...

Carin rated it ★★★★☆

November 25, 2017

My family have always been board game players. I have known how to play parcheesi and Chinese checkers and even chess for as long as I can remember. And we'd play Monopoly in the summer, when you have the time for long games. My brother though was obsessed with Monopoly when he was about 4. We ha...

Aimee rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

4.5 stars Originally reviewed @ Reading Lark: I’ll skip the traditional summary because the subtitle (The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan) handled that job for me, and get right to why I think this is such a great book. In addition...

Anna rated it ★★★★☆

March 24, 2017

I have to start this review with a disclaimer: I LOVE board games and I was so excited to read this book. So my thoughts might be a tad bit biased.... That being said, I loved this book and I think I would've been quite entertained by it even if I wasn't such a tabletop game fanatic. It was well-o...

Aisling rated it ★★★★☆

October 27, 2017

This was much more interesting than I had expected it to be. I've always liked board games and often wondered where they stemmed from. I had a vague idea about the background of Chess but never knew about the starry past of Backgammon and I learned so much about the unlikely beginnings of Monopol...

Tammie rated it ★★★★★

October 20, 2017

I love board games, so maybe I started out with a positive bias, but this work of non-fiction was great. It;s the kind of book you can read only the part that interests you and still love it or all of it. I borrowed this book from the library, but now I think I may order a copy for myself. I loved...

Peg rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! It has such a conversational feel as you're learning the history and highlights of games I grew up on or now, have yet to try. I could never have imagined all the facts and transformations games have gone through, let alone religious aspects such as chess! If yo...

Autumn rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 21, 2017

Like a survey course or wikipedia deep dive into games and gaming. Each chapter focuses on one game/creator/theme, much like a long read or magazine article. Not earthshaking, but good for folks with a vague interest in the topic.

John rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 12, 2017

Remember playing good ol' board games? Dozens of examples here on how we learned, played and then discarded these artifacts from our past. The instructions were always kept handy. Either the supplied booklet version, or when this was promptly lost, there was usually a condensed version under that...

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