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Cigar Companion (Connoisseur's Guides) Hardcover – May 31, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Connoisseur's Guides
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762419571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762419579
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marvin R. Shanken is the chairman and owner of M. Shanken Communications, Inc., which publishes Cigar Aficionado and Wine Spectator and is based in New York City.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Jaamour on June 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book, rich in information on cigar's brands, history. Very nicely divided by topic. The book covers various aspects about cigars, but trully stands out in two sections;

1. Cigar brands with history and advice on their best production, with notes, year made....

2. Nice section containg what is considered to be the best cigars ever made.

A joy to read, light hearted strongly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Another Joe on November 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book does have a lot of good information for the beginning cigar fan (hence the 3 stars), the bulk of which lies in the Cigar Reviews section. The rest of the book is an attempt to cover all the bases quickly without much elaboration if any. If you are looking for an in-depth reading, you should look elsewhere or you will be disappointed.

In addition, the writing style is similar to that of a high school student. The many typographical errors, grammatical mistakes, and poorly formulated sentences show that very little thought or effort went into its production.

Overall, it is a good book for beginners who don't care whether the author shows at least a college level mastery of the English language or not.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Wilcox on October 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I bought this thinking it would be a good reference and tell me something about all the different brands of cigars, but I don't find any value in it whatsoever. I feel like the author wanted a quick buck so he cut and pasted alot of crap from back issues of his magazine into this book so he could sell the same opinions twice. In addition to that, the brands discussed are very limited and only a few examples from each are featured. Take my advice: I realized that it is dumb to buy any book that claims to lists different types /brands/shapes of cigars because the information is always changing - look on the internet at cigar sellers' websites and cigar makers' websites, where you will find everything you need.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Astartes Prophet on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It's a nice read for anyone starting in Cigars, or even if you started a while back but want to know more about the lore and the background of big cigar companies. It's a real basic fast read of cigar information, history and making (nothing special, just the basics). It tries hard to cover all of the basis, that's why it got a 3 and not a 2.

But as reported earlier, it need more advance or detailed information. They could of put some of their Cigar 101, like info on the beetle, and how to deal with it; The counterfeit gallery etc... But instead, a lot of the book sounds like a sales pitch, saying cigar's are good, these popular peoples smoke cigars etc... (actually that list of Hollywood peoples smoking is repeated twice, and we got a photo gallery of them, so they are listed 3 times).

1st, I never started smoking cigars because it's cool or a Hollywood star is smoking, I DON'T CARE!

2nd, They try to hard at some point, it feel like a propaganda book, and when they give you facts, one is cautious of the Bias of these so called "facts".

All in all, a nice quick propaganda book with some basic cigar information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Briones on May 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book to replace one by the same title and was dissapointed that it bears no resemblance to the 3rd edition that I had lost. While it is a handsome book, I was ultimately disappointed. What was a clear and concise review of many cigars widely available has become a very limited survey of a few cigars many of which are not easily obtainable. Most frustratingly, the reviewers will describe a certain stick as "the best of this manufacturer" and then go on to review a different offering from the same company without further reference to the cigar they deemed the most desireable. While the section on rare cigars makes for an interesting read, this seems more like a book for cigar admirers rather than one for buyers and smokers. I had hoped to find a book to help me make informed buying decisions. I plan to buy the 3rd edition-used!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Owen M. McKinney on June 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you need a "cigar companion," then read Tad Gage's book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cigars, 2nd Edition. That's the book you need. Then you can buy this book only because of the author, Marvin R. Shanken, who is the brains behind twenty years of the Cigar Aficionado magazine's success. Obviously he knows of what he speaks. I just wish he had spent more time with it in this book.

This is a very light read, and a short book compared to Gage's book. Still being a rather quick read, I enjoyed it. I have included this book in to my personal library. Now to really put it into perspective, I would get rid of this book before I got rid of either of Gage's books, and no, I'm not Gage's grandfather.

Owen M. McKinney
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley D. Terry on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book to get a rating guide. What I received was that and so much more! The first part of the book gives an in depth breakdown and rating of domestic and Cuban cigars and the second part is all about the history and making of cigars. If you have a cigar smoking friend and want to get him/her a gift, this book would be well received.
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By V. Webb on February 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you smoke cigars or know someone who does, get this book. It's not a novel, so you won't be curling up by the fire with your favorite scotch and cigar for a good read, it's a reference book. I love checking out all the info about different fillers and wrappers and binders and regions of all the great cigars, and frankly, it looks good on my coffee table next to my glass topped humidor with lot's of pretty cigars in it (shhhh, just between you and me, it was a $50 sampler). It's a little over the top, but whatever : ) at the end of the day it's really something you should have. I hate it when people say they're into something and they have all the accessories, in this case, the fancy humidor, the expensive lighter and cutter, and some good cigars. Then you ask some details like where's that cigar from, why do you like it, what kind of fillers are they using etc. etc., and they haven't a clue. This book will teach what you need know so you're not just some pretentious douche who bought some cigars and trying to front.
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