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Any of the maroon books from the Craig Hunt Linux Library. These were excellent for me when I started out. Some of them are a little outdated, having been released in '99 and '00, but the principles are still the same and many of the packages discussed are pretty much the same as they were then.
I recommend getting them from half.com or some other used book source. If you buy them new, they run about 40-50 USD which is a bit pricey.
Originally posted by microsoft/linux most any O'Reilly book, their good.
They do generally contain a lot of stuff, but I've found that they tend to be (a) expensive and (b) bloody hard work i.e. a very "dry" read!
Go to a decent technical bookshop and have a flick through too see what you like.
How Linux Works from No Starch Press is a good one. The list price is $37.95 but you can get it on Amazon.com for $25.05. It covers a little bit of just about everything from basic commands, to networking, shell scripts and even kernel maintenance, plus a lot more.