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The Good Cigar: A Celebration of the Art of Cigar Smoking
Jeffers, H. Paul
The Lyons Press
Published: November, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
As the war on smoking gathers steam, the cigar is staging a comeback. An obstreperous symbol of manly taste, urbanity and swanky sangfroid, cigar smoking is a practice that can nevertheless prove intimidating to a novice who
doesn't know how to recognize or make proper use of a good cigar. In this useful handbook, Jeffers, a freelance writer, and Gordon, a painter, explain how to judge a cigar, whether it's a hand-rolled $30 Havana or a cigarillo; how the tobacco is
cultivated and how the best cigars are constructed and stored; the cigar in history and literature; and famous cigar mavens, like Zino Davidoff, who allegedly invented the first humidor, and Mark Twain, who famously claimed to have given up smoking
cigars a thousand times. The resurgence of cigar-smoking, the authors contend, stems in part from a taste for traditional luxuries among wealthy baby boomers?clearly the audience for this book. Included are extensive lists of cigar clubs, bars and
accounts of charity events called Big Smokes, as well as price lists for humidors, cutters and lighters and ratings of more than 100 international cigars (not seen by PW). Although little is made of the politics and health of the practice, cigar
enthusiasts and dilettantes will find here a valuable crash course in the varied brands and accoutrements of the modern tobacco shop. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or
unavailable edition of this title.
The cigar is back! For the millions of aficionados who knew the cigar was never gone, and for those just recently acquainted with this glorious emblem of the good life, here is a
celebration of cigars and cigar smoking that will enhance an evening by the fireside with a good cigar. The Good Cigar offers almost everything there is to know about cigar smoking: how cigars are made, the major cigar-producing countries, and the
authors' evaluations of the best cigars in quality and value. Also included are fascinating notes on the history of cigar smoking, and the cigar in literature and the arts. An "honor roll" of famous cigar smokers past and present rounds out this
marvelous book. (7 x 8, 224 pages, color photos, bandw photos, illustrations, charts)
H. Paul Jeffers is a newspaper columnist and radio newsman, as well as the author of numerous mystery novels and other books. He lives and smokes the best
cigars he can find in New York City. Kevin Gordon is a professional portrait painter whose work is displayed in prominent art galleries worldwide, as well as a former radio news anchorman. He, too, lives in New York.
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