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In the tradition of Assouline's adored Cufflinks and Little Black Dress comes Cigars. The tightly rolled bundle of tobacco--a cigarro, a siyar--is a symbol of popular taste, wealth and leisure, a male rite of passage and a celebratory gesture. Where did the expression close but no cigar come from? What theory did Sigmund Freud have about the cigar? What country produces the most cigars? What is a dog rocket? A torpedo cigar? What is unique about a hand-finished cigar? Cigars takes you through the social history of cigars to famous cigar moments in entertainment history. Rob Allanson, the editor for Cigar Buyer and Whiskey Magazine, tells the story of the cigar accompanied by a photographic tour of cigar style.
Eating and sleeping are the only activities that should be allowed to interrupt a man s enjoymentof his cigar. To ignite a cigar to watch the glossy tobacco transmute into silvery ash and blue smoke and to savor its complex and lingering flavors is to practice a ritual that has been performed for centuries by kings and courtesans, prime ministers and presidents, authors and artists. Over the course of centuries, the cigar has become a symbol of leisure, rite of passage, and celebratory gesture. All of these themes, as well as significant moments in its history are explored with great affection and energy in this tasteful and entertaining volume on a beloved pastime.