By no less a light than the lighter maker himself, this authoritative and readable (it's a good book to settle down to with a pipe) survey covers the tobacco world historically, socially, agriculturally and with no lack of pointers on manufacturing and how to get the most out of smoking. Neat chapter organization cuts and dries the material and makes a savoury blend of information. First comes the place of tobacco through the ages from native Indian usage to 18th century snuff. Growing tobacco and preparing it for smoking comes next- with scientific and industrial aspects clearly explained. A history of pipes and how they are made will fascinate with its anecdotes and pointers on technique, and further chapters on cigars, fire (from stick rubbing to the modern lighter)- all add up to a good pipeful for the trade and those many of us who still light up despite the recent blasts from the medical world.