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

Tristan Donovan (Author)

Product Details

$26.99  $24.83
Thomas Dunne Books
Publish Date
May 30, 2017
6.4 X 1.0 X 9.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

TRISTAN DONOVAN is a British author and journalist. His books include It's All a Game and his writing has appeared in numerous publications, including BBC News Online, The Atlantic, The Times of London, Stuff, Wired, The Guardian, Eurogamer, Kotaku, Community Care, and The Big Issue. He lives in the UK


"[A] timely book...It's All a Game provides a wonderfully entertaining trip around the board, through 4,000 years of game history." --The Wall Street Journal

"[A] splendid new book...A quick and breezy read, it doesn't just tell the fascinating stories of the (often struggling) individuals who created our favorite games. It also manages to convey the entire sweep of boardgame history, from the earliest forms of Checkers to modern-day surprise hits like Settlers of Catan." --Mashable

"Throw away your preconceived notions and dive into this rich story that informs who we are by the games we play...Each chapter is a thematic essay that stands alone but also artfully weaves together culture, business, and ways games impact society... This history of games is perfect for the budding social scientist, the casual reader, or someone looking to impress party guests with trivia knowledge." --Booklist

"a fascinating and insightful discussion not only of games past, but the socioeconomic and historical factors that contributed to their popularity" --Chicago Review of Books

"There is both reason and rhyme for every one of Donovan's historical installments, and the biographical bits are intriguing, revealing the kind of person who invents a board game... What Donovan has done with It's All A Game is write a social history through board games." --Paste Magazine

"Offering more than a nostalgic trip through the attic, this book will appeal to readers interested in a comprehensive history of board games" --Library Journal

"Tristan Donovan takes what might seem like a dull topic and brings it to life. Turning a hobby into a fascinating history subject, It's All a Game manages to cover the entire realm of tabletop games in an easy-to-read yet fascinating tale. Think you know everything about board games? Read this to find otherwise!" --Tom Vasel, Host, The Dice Tower