Author: Richard B. Perelman
The book at hand this time is the Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars by Perelman. This concise but extensive cigar guide is an excellent introduction to cigars as well as a great reference list for non-Cuban cigars.
The Cyclopedia gives you a brief intro to the basics of cigars and smoking them as well as shapes, sizes and construction of cigars. In the introduction, you also get an overview on the developement ans status of the cigar markets - mainly in the U.S. market.
Then, the essence of the Cyclopedia: 1360 brands listed, with over 7500 models presented, hand made and machine made alike. All clearly stated and some background information on brands given at the same time. a great tool for reference, when you get a smoke of which you do not know anything or, as myself, double checking some details, if making a review and not wanting to make an ass of myself.
The only two down sides are the facts, that it does not fit my pocket with its over 650 pages, and that the Cyclopedia is broken in tiny bits by advertisements. That i totally understand though, since by looking at my pages, you can see, that my funding comes from that source too...
The Perelman's Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars 2009 is a must buy for everyone who needs to check details on non-Cuban cigars or just likes to know as much about cigars as possible... Together with the Pocket Cyclopedia of Cuban Cigars, this book creates a very complete infromation package on qulaity cigars. I recommend.
To get your copy, ask your local cigar shop or visit http://www.cigarcyclopedia.com/