Long before gamers’ fingers were flying over their electronic devices, people gathered around card tables and dinner tables to play such classic board games as Monopoly, Chess and The Game of Life. 

British journalist and author Tristan Donovan has thoroughly researched the history of more than a dozen well-loved board games and presents it in an entertaining fashion in the newly released book, “It’s All A Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan,” published by St. Martin’s Press ( For those individuals whose knowledge is limited to video and computer games, this guidebook may serve as an inspiration to try some more traditional gaming challenges. And for those baby boomers who grew up trying to be  Monopoly tycoons, this book brings a sweet nostalgia for a simpler time when board games inspired good fun and good conversation on a face-to-face basis.

It’s All A Game by Tristan Donovan – Gotta Love It!