Recomend a good book that talks about all martial arts?

Any of you know of a good book that discusses and describes the various types of martial arts? I am not looking for a “teach yourself” (although I imagine there would likely be a little of that), but more along the lined of something that talks about the pros and and cons as well as the relationships between the different styles, a bit of history would also be nice.

I’m not sure how helpful it would be for a guy, but I found A Woman’s Guide to Martial Arts by Monica McCabe Cardoza very informative. It’s designed as a primer on choosing a discipline, finding a dojo and getting started. It includes some history and comparison between major disciplines.


This would be a good starting place.