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I know (to some extent) a few languages, including C, Java and Python. I'm also (somewhat) familiar with Scala and Scheme, plus I can read (but not write) x86 Assembly. Say I want to learn C++, what is a good book which doesn't try to teach me what a class is, teach me inheritance, polymorphism or loosely coupled classes again, nor does try to teach me other basics, just the C++ language (as well as how to write idiomatic C++ code, not e.g. Java with C++ syntax) and its standard library?

Note: "Detailed" as used in the title means that it doesn't try to cover C++ in 100 pages, I want to know the details of the language. Of course, mastery comes from practice, but I don't want to learn just a little bit of C++ from the book, but learn it quite thoroughly.

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An important question for me, too. I just found out that my new project is mostly or entirely C++ when I really went straight from ten years of C to (nearly) ten years of C#. –  Adam Crossland Mar 5 '11 at 14:46
    
Click here for the definitive C++ book list. –  Robert Harvey Jun 30 '11 at 0:21
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For a quick start: Accelerated c++ is very good - it uses with modern c++ concepts, rather than with 'C'type stuff

You should also get effective c++ or check the c++ faq site.

Finally it's big and comprehensive, Stroustrups C++ programming language.

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Bruce Eckel's Thinking in C++ is very good IMHO.

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I agree, Eckel's book would be my first recommendation for someone with a good C background. Koenig and Moo's "Accelerated C++" is my top recommendation for learning C++ without much programming background. –  Stephen C. Steel Mar 5 '11 at 18:56
    
I thought "thinking in c++" was too much of a learn to program book - it's about OO with c++ as the example –  Martin Beckett Mar 6 '11 at 1:06
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