10-2 | It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan

Book Review

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

Tristan Donovan
New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2017. Introduction, references, acknowledgments, and index. 292 pp. $26.99 paper. ISBN: 9781250082725

by Susan Asbury

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In It’s All a Game, Tristan Donovan explores the roots of board games’ persistent popularity. Analyzing the influence of social, political, and economic influences on board game designers and manufacturers, Donovan maps the evolution of our modern-day relationship with board games across time, international boundaries, and cultures. He also examines the impact this leisure activity has had on popular psychology. Donovan concludes that games have “shaped us, explained us, and molded the world we live in” (p. 7).