I prefer C++ and this book looks recent and decent enough:
So what I really want from you is to tell me which language you prefer most and a good introductory book with it. I will check all the books reviews and see what is better for me.
Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup http://www.amazon.com/dp/0321543726/?tag=stackoverfl08-20
Also all the best practices and intermediate books from (the beginner books are published around 2000 and might not be that good):