The Nation: Mafia Monopoly

Games are often a society's ritual fantasies. Parker Brothers' Monopoly, for example, was introduced in 1935 as a Depression daydream of striking it rich with hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place. The coming election year has prompted several pick-the-President exercises (TIME, Nov. 8). It is difficult to predict what sociologists, or the Italian-American Civil Rights League, may make of a game called The Godfather —"for All the Families."

The game comes in a box shaped like a small violin case. On the playing board, the island of Manhattan is divided into neighborhoods—Harlem, Little Italy, the Lower East Side. "The object of the...

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