Python books

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Here is a list of useful Python books, both for learning and for reference.

Learning Python, Mark Lutz and David Ascher, O'Reilly 591 pages 
A good and popular introduction.
Core Python, Wesley J. Chun, Prentice-Hall, 2007, 1077 pages 
An all-round, ground-up treatment that goes into more depth than "Learning Python" but is still accessible to a beginner.
Beginning Python (Novice to Professional), Magnus Lie Hetland, Apress 640 pages 
Uses graded practical projects.
Programming Python, Mark Lutz, O'Reilly, 2001, 1255 pages + CD-ROM 
A good second book.
Dive Into Python, Mark Pilgrim, Apress 413 pages 
A good second book, based on real example programs. Also available free online and for download [1].

For more detailed descriptions, see this list. There is also extensive information about books on the Python Wiki