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The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman. —Alan Perlis

My theory of acquiring programming books is that you don't need a lot; you just need the best. Here are the books that I recommend.

General (updated August 1, 2002)
History of programming (updated August 1, 2002)
C programming (updated January 6, 2004)
C++ programming (updated January 6, 2004)
Java programming (updated January 6, 2004)

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If you're not sure who Donald Knuth is or why this cartoon is so funny, then there's a serious gap in your education. Click here to find out about Donald Knuth's books, read about him in Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists, and visit his web site.

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