Ah, my love-hate relationship with Macyoung continues... Mostly, I don't like the tough-guy attitude that goes with these books, but the techniques, while unorthodox, can work if you practice them, and the underlying principles are almost always sound. This is probably Macyoung's most technique-oriented book, and covers mostly targets, devided into general areas (head, neck, limbs). I like the fact that Macyoung addresses the often avoided question of what part of the fist to strike with, and offers several options without really playing favorites. I still don't really think his "hanging punch" is all that great, but it did open my eyes enough to tweek it a little bit to fit me. I'm also not too sure some of the body targets would be available in a stand-up fight. The chapter on "blows" (only hand techniques) only addresses the mechanics of the arm, and not stuff like "tuck in your chin" or "get your hips into it". It's almost a start-up book for fighting, but is kind of limited in it's scope, technically speaking. The only chapter on defense is all about shedding, which is an OK idea, but in order to roll with the punch, you have to get hit first, which isn't exactly my idea of fun. I think of this book as being the unwritten chapter of "Cheap Shots, Ambushes, and Other Lessons", and it's a great companion piece to that book. If you are a "hard" stylist looking to expand your horizons, or a guy trying to get a clue about how to put a hurtin' to someone, it's an alright book on it's own, just not in my personal top ten list.