“The Cigar Maker” by Mark McGinty – review & giveaway

The Cigar Maker by Marc McGinty

About one month ago I received an e-mail from Mark Carlos McGinty who asked me to check out his book called "The Cigar Maker". Sure, I said, and very soon it hit my mailbox. One week later, as I devoured the last pages, I was glad I had accepted the offer.

This book is not exactly about cigars. It won't teach you how to light, cut or store cigars. There are plenty of cigar books out there who do that. However, the cigars are very present throughout the book, it definitely deserves to have this word in its title.

Instead, "The Cigar Maker" is about one industry, two countries and several families at a crossroads of two centuries. The book realistically describes the living conditions of poor native Cubans under Spanish occupation, of rich Spaniards, of cigar makers in Ybor City, of factory owners... Mark, a descendant of Cuban cigar makers, clearly did thorough research prior to writing it; the story is not only based on historical facts but also tales he heard from his family and this turns "The Cigar Maker" into a very charming read. That's probably what I like the most about this book - it carries you to Tampa and allows you to watch these people live their lives, full of adventures and struggles. I don't want to give away the storyline, but rest assured that there's a lot of action, I was having a hard time putting it down past midnight.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. While writing this review, I realized that it was quite a difficult exercise, after years of cigar reviews. I hope you enjoyed it - and many thanks to Mark for giving me an opportunity to tell you about "The Cigar Maker". Here is the link to the Amazon page where you can purchase the book and read some more thorough reviews. You can also check the official website.

Obviously, you didn't miss the word "giveaway" from the title of this post (you are quite used to it now, aren't you?). Just leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered in the draw - we've got 2 copies of "The Cigar Maker" to give away, courtesy of the author. This contest is open internationally. Good luck - we'll announce the winners in one week!

54 Comments on ““The Cigar Maker” by Mark McGinty – review & giveaway”

  1. Great to see there are books like this being written. Not sure but I think this will be a first!

  2. I have downloaded a sample of the book to my Kindle for me to get a feel for the book. I will check it out tonight.
    Thanks for the tip.

  3. thetobaccophile says:

    Nice write up, sounds like a good read. Looking forward to reading it.

  4. SuperKrishna says:

    Thanks for the review.

  5. Sounds like a great read and an important perspective on the history of the cigar industry.

  6. Sounds like a great book.I look foward to getting a copy and sitting down with a fine cigar and reading it.

  7. Great tip! Would be nice to read it…

  8. “The Cigar Maker” sounds like a good read.

  9. USMedicPA says:

    Review sounds great…….I would LOVE to read this book!!!

  10. onemanrev says:

    So much of the US cigar industry is woven into the fabric of Ybor/Tampa. I’m glad someone took the time to write a book about it! Sounds like a good read.

  11. Sounds like a good read! I’m in!

  12. Interesting.

  13. Hello everyone – thank you for the comments, and thank you Denis for a great review. If you are interested in learning more about the book, please visit the official site. You can read more reviews, check out a few excerpts, read the first few chapters and listen to radio spots that I’ve done. Thanks for checking it out!


    -Mark (the author)

  14. spidrwire says:

    Excellent. I would love to win a copy, but if I don’t, I will certainly pick up a copy. Good luck to all!

  15. Sounds like a good read! I may just pick it up this week.

  16. slandry55 says:

    sounds like a great read

  17. I am keeping my fingers crossed on this super sounding book giveaway…
    Many thanks, Cindi

  18. Nice review and thanks for the amazon link. Living in the Tampa area I’m now on the look out for cigar/Tampa related reading.

  19. I’ll bite. It’s interesting, I read a bit. And if it’s not as polished as some other books, it’s far enough off the beaten path to be worth a detour. I’m hoping I win so I can finish the book.

  20. Thanks for the review. It sounds like a good read.

  21. Nice that someone finally tells this kind of story?
    hmmm, what kind of cigar would go with this read?

  22. Do you know if it will come out in mp3?

  23. Cigar books that are more than just the standard “how-to” are exactly what is needed.

  24. Really look forward to this read. Is this book being carried at most book stores? Or is it a better book to get online…If I don’t win?

  25. sounds like an interesting read…

  26. Thanks for the review. Sounds like a great read.

  27. This book is available wherever books are sold. If it’s not at your local bookstore they can certainly order it. You can also order from the official site and I will send you a signed and personalized copy!


  28. Interesting

  29. Sounds like a great patio book.

  30. Looks like a book to add to my summer reading list

  31. slickster81 says:

    Sounds like a very interesting, and entertaining read. Hope I win!

  32. I have heard about this book about two weeks ago,that review was a good one. Thanks for doing the contest.

  33. Good review; sounds like a book to get regardless of the result of the draw!

  34. Sounds like a great book.

  35. thanks for the contest. this sounds like an interesting read!

  36. Sounds like a good read.

  37. Sounds good. Perfect summer book

  38. basquiat67 says:

    Sounds fantastic. A fresh viewpoint on the industry which we all love is very welcome.

  39. Available on Kindle, too? Sounds like I need to download that. If I don’t win one, that is.

  40. Frank Duncan says:

    Looks like a good read!

  41. Sounds like a great book if I don’t win a copy I might just pick one up from Amazon.

  42. Looks very interesing. A different side to the cigars we enjoy so much. Thx

  43. Was just in Ybor yesterday. Looking forward to checking out the book.

  44. hawaiihughes says:

    Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to it.

  45. Bradley H says:

    Looks interesting, thanks

  46. Alter Egon says:

    Sounds like really interesting reading.

  47. todsters2 says:

    It’s good to have the story put together this way. Can’t wait to check it out.

  48. Keith1911 says:

    Cool book. Maybe I’ll win one.

  49. Anything that we can read, especially with your fav. cigar, is more knowledge for us to interact. I will read this. LONG ASHES

  50. Sounds interesting. Something topical to read while stretched out on a lounger with a drink and cigar.

  51. Sounds like a great read

  52. Great review Inspector. This is a very interesting concept and I am looking forward to picking it up.

  53. Fantastic! Thanks!

  54. Sounds like a part of cigar history that needed to be told.

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