Summary: Accurate, factual, humble, dated
Comment: The author Zoran Rebac is level-headed and appears immune to the hype and BS often associated with martial arts. He accurately states that muay thai is a hard-nosed ring sport descended from more brutal fighting methods. Rebac is from eastern Europe. This book is a translation, so the writing is fairly concrete; if there were more nuances they were lost in translation. Rebac put in his time; he trained in the camps, did his roadwork and took his knocks. Rebac trained in SE Asia in the early 1980's, so this book predates the rise of Thai Boxing in the US and the aerobo-"kickboxing" fad.
Summary: A Muay Thai Guide
Comment: This is a good book to introduce you to the culture and history of Thai boxing. There are explinations of techniques and an explination of how to generate power. This book seems to be intended more like a documentary into the world of Thai boxing more than a how-to guide. Shots are from Thailand and make the book interesting.
While the techniques of this sport have been assimilated into NHB, striking, and self-defense areas and are used by fighters/martial artists who are not into the culture this book is a great reminder of where the techniques originated.
Summary: Thai Boxing Dynamite, Pretty Good Book.
Comment: This book is great for beginners, it is not the best book out there, but it is pretty thourough with good pictures and illustrations. Also another big plus is that it is cheap, and easy to find unlike other books on muay thai. If your just getting started, it is a great investment, for just a few bucks you can learn quite a bit abou muay thai and it's history. If you are a veteran Muay thai person, if you havent read it, just get it, its cheap, and youll enjoy it.
Comment: My opinion is that this book was extremely well-done. Muay Thai is a rare and unusual, yet highly effective and simple ancient martial art. To the open-minded, this book is a wealth of treasure. I particularly enjoyed the way techniques were presented in a logical and interesteing manner. This one is worth adding to your martial arts library for sure.
Summary: The best work available on Muay Thai
Comment: As a muay thai boxer and a martial arts enthusiast, I have the honor to have as my teacher one of Brazil's most experienced and bright masters.
Muay Thai has been misunderstood, especially in the West recently. Many people mistake it for regular kick-boxing, although it is an art and a science on its own.
Thai entities have strived to preserve its essence, altough there are some minor variations in local schools.
I believe the greatest merit of this book is to bring to the audience the authentic form of the King of Martial Arts.
The author is visibly someone with a deep knowledge of Thailand's culture and indeed a very skilled fighter.
Despite the book's exaggerated title ( the original name is just "Thai Boxing" ), it is an invaluable aid and a big differential to someone practicing this millennial art, as well as other forms of fighting sports and self-defense.