I am a brand new programmer attempting to teach myself C++. I understand that it is a rather complex language to begin with but I also understand it to be the most useful in the long run and one of the best building blocks for learning other languages. With that being said, I would like some recommendations on the best books out there for teaching this programming language. I intend to use Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express.

Did you already notice the sticky thread about C++ books at the top of the forum :P ??
However: here's a good one, free and in PDF (it's an ebook) :)

Oh no please. Not Sams teach X in Y days. I hate it.
Read this : Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years by Peter Norvig
. An excellent article to reply Sams

Hey man! Those books rock. Sure you can't become a pro overnight, but those books really do help build solid foundations

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