well, speel, you're entitled to have your opinion. I don't agree.
I think http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/thinkCSpy/
is a really great book for first-time programmers. It teaches things the (imho) right way, and it teaches a simple yet powerful and real-world useful language (python).
Oh, you lied? Shame on you
-- chances are you'll probably find some of the chapters of thinkcspy redundant and/or too verbose.