Beach Read: The Ultimate Cigar Book 4th Edition


If you have ever wanted to learn about cigars, or need the perfect gift for the cigar aficionado in your life, check out The Ultimate Cigar Book 4th Edition by “Cigar Czar” Richard Carleton Hacker.

First published in 1993, The Ultimate Cigar Book 4th Edition has become a classic in its field and is generally credited with having helped launch the current cigar smoking craze. It has been reprinted numerous times in the United States and is now sold worldwide. No other book contains as much detailed and factual information on virtually every facet of cigar making and cigar smoking. And now this trendsetting book has been revised in this fourth edition for the aficionado of the future.

“As they gained prominence in America, beginning in the 19th century, cigars became a symbol of success” says Richard Carleton Hacker, author of the just-published fourth edition of The Ultimate Cigar Book ($24.99 Skyhorse Publishing, 2015, hardcover, 390 pages).

Consequently, it was soon the custom for the father of a newborn child to proudly hand out cigars. Eventually, cigars were not only associated with fatherhood, but evolved into a traditional gift to give Dad when Father’s Day became established in the 20th century, especially with the advent of inexpensive machine made cigars after the First World War. This made it possible for a family to buy Dad a whole box of cigars for his special day.

Today, as Hacker points out in his book, hand rolled premium cigars, rather than the less expensive machine made versions, are enjoying a dramatic comeback during holidays such as Father’s Day, as they not only retain their aura of success, but offer precious moments of relaxation in an otherwise hectic world.

“There are more premium cigar brands today than ever before in history,” says the author, who has visited every major cigar making country in the world, “which is why I describe every one of them in my book. Having the book in hand – or giving it to your father – will make it a lot easier to pick out a cigar that he’ll like.”

To learn more: The Ultimate Cigar Book: 4th Edition


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