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Nice little book
on October 6, 2009
I picked this up at a local library sale for $5. Published in 1996, "The Cigar" is a great coffee table book or awesome for the smoke den. It has nice anecdotes, quotes, and some good history of the cigar. It's absolutely perfect for casual reading and the beginner. You could easily tear through the whole book with two Chruchills.
However, much of the book does feel lazyily written. It seems that the author did a search for cigar quotes and then book-ended them with short (but solid ) essays of the history of the cigar and women in cigars and finally slapped on a nice little section on how to choose a cigar. Many times, the writing merely lists famous people who smoked cigars and then follows up "(famous person) would smoke x cigars a day and lived to be (ripe old age)," or "(famous person) could be counted on working with a cigar in his mouth." Of course he could. It's a cigar book. I would have liked to see more detail in these people's lives and their cigar habits, but that's what a lot of this book lacks: detail.
If you're a cigar book collector, it's a must have. If you're looking to seriously expand your knowledge of cigars and their production, there are many other books out there that have much more complete information and are still available.