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That depends on how advanced you are and what you want to learn. When I was a beginner, I got C++ Primer Plus by Prata, and it was pretty good for me then. You'll want a book that deals heavily with the STL, templates and OOP if you're looking for common constructs that go beyond the typical junk in beginners' books. (Prata covers the STL, but only touches briefly on OOP and templates).

For the most part, you should be able to get away with using just websites for a lot of the syntax and basic concepts. If you want a deeper understanding of how to program, I'd recommend Design Patterns by Erich Gamma et al. for some neat techniques.

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For C, get K&R's book "The C Programming Language". Guy L Steele's "C A Reference Manual". These are all the C books you will mostly ever need. Another classic is "The Unix Programmer's Manual", which you may find interesting if you plan to use a Unix-like OS. The nice thing about all these old C books were they were very pragmatic, and actually showed you how to do useful things, unlike most books these days. You can get them dirt cheap on Amazon's bazaar these days.

C++, the only books I own on it are "C++ The Standard Library" and Bjarne Stroustrups "C++ 3rd Edition". It's probably all you will ever need. The rest you can find out online by searching the Web.

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