I've recommended this book in person to several of my friends. I certainly recommend it to you if you have any interest at all in south eastern martial arts. Antonio Graceffo gives a brief history of each of the countries he visits and touches upon how martial arts fit into their culture. This book will not explain to you the five point death palm strike nor the 7 ultimate unblockable kicks, what it will do however is give you a better basis and understanding of the martial arts as a significant cultural institution.
This is a great read, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest not just in martial arts, but also history or anthropology.