Kretek: The Culture and Heritage of Indonesia's Clove Cigarettes
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Kretek: The Culture and Heritage of Indonesia's Clove Cigarettes

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Carried on the breezes of a sultry, tropical night, the scent of Kretek - Indonesia's indigenous cigarette - is the aromatic soul of a nation. Bringing together tobacco from the New World and spices from the Old, kretek is a product of extraordinary historical circumstances.
Hardcover, First Edition, 224 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Equinox Publishing (Indonesia) (first published August 21st 2000)
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Despite the 'culture' in the subtitle, the book doesn't go into much detail. It provides a very detailed history of cigarette companies and manufacturing in Indonesia. Heavy on photos and illustrations, so it's easy to flick through the book (and probably indicative that it wasn't meant for a detailed reading). That said, mine was an academic interest and this book is probably meant for people with a general interest... or a serious kretek habit. This probably explains why the book ignores cance...more
Detailed overview of history and culture of kretek. Misses out the political and health aspects of the rise of the industry, somewhat sugar-coating it.
Adiyat Coto
“…kretek itu tidak ada di AS, tidak ada di Eropa, atau negeri-negeri lain. Hanya ada di sini, khas Indonesia.” - Mark Hanusz
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It's so detail and good writing
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