Internetworking with TCP/IP: Principles, Protocols, and Architectures, Volume 1, Fourth Editon
Douglas E. Comer
750 pages, Prentice Hall.
Without a doubt the best A-Z book on TCP/IP networking and the Internet available today. Comer is an engaging writer with an excellent command of the technology. He presents complex information in the right size chunks and in an order that allows you to build upon what you have already learned to understand how it all fits together. I read this book end to end and found it a great help earning my MCSE. Once you get a sense for the limitations of TCP/IP and the intent behind the various RFCs used to address those limitations, you can easily understand any particular vendors implementation of the networking protocols.
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
William Strunk, E. B. White
105 pages, Longman
For some writers, this book is a religious experience. I like it because it’s short.