From Our Archive December 2008 Proceedings Article View Issue 'I never can understand how anyone can not smoke—it deprives a man of the best part of life . . . with a good cigar in his mouth a man is perfectly safe, nothing can touch him—literally.' Thomas Mann (1875–1955) Member-Only Content Join the U.S. Naval Institute to gain access to this article and other articles published in Proceedings since 1874. Members receive this valuable benefit and so much more. Become a Member Today If you are already a Member, please log in to gain access, and thank you for your Membership.