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Cubans: The Ultimate Cigarsby William P Mara
Synopses & Reviews
Here is all you need to know about the world's best-loved cigars. First is a complete history: Columbus's 1492 landing on Cuba's shores - and the discovery of the Indians' odd habit of inhaling smoke from bundles of rolled plant leaves; the evolution of the cigar industry from small-time farming through Castro's collectivization; the fascinating saga of a tumultuous past - and an exciting future. Also examined are the painstaking labor and professional craftsmanship of the agriculture and manufacturing, with special emphasis on what makes Cuban cigars extraordinary. Perhaps the most useful chapter for the aficionado is a thorough but concise discussion of each brand, with lore and background as well as frank assessments of the current products - and including the most up-to-date information on the latest new releases. And of particular interest to the American cigar-lover are practical chapters on the embargo and its meaning for the consumer, smuggling and counterfeiting and how to avoid being harmed by both, and a personal and eye-opening travelogue. (4 3/4 X 7 1/2, 196 pages, color photos)
Book News Annotation:
An exhaustive--though pocket-sized (4.5x7.5"--study of Cuban cigars, from their history (dated to Columbus's landing in Cuba) to their present (the effects of the ongoing American trade embargo with Cuba). The author details the cigars' manufacturing process, from the growing of the tobacco, to its curing, fermenting, moistening, rolling, and banding. He also gives a brand-by-brand overview of the major manufacturers, and discusses the effects and dangers of smuggling and counterfeiting. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A comprehensive, affordable companion to the world's greatest cigars.
Here is all you need to know about Cuban cigars: a brand-by-brand discussion of the manufacturers, as well as frank assessments of current products; the island's tumultuous history; the industry's evolution from small-time farming through Castro's collectivization; and the labor and workmanship that go into both agriculture and manufacturing.
There is no cigar more premium than a Cuban. With world attention once again focused on Cuba, speculation abounds about the future of one of Communism's last strongholds — and about the possibility of normalization in the coming years, perhaps allowing American smokers to enjoy habanos legally for the first time since 1962.
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