Hot damn! The Python Essential Reference has a new version out! Huzzah!
The 2nd edition of this book has been in my backpack for going on 3 years now. It is the only Python book I can't live without. No offense to O'Reilly, but with the exception of "Learning Python" and the "Python Cookbook" books, their core Python language books have sucked major donkey. New Riders has them licked with just this one title. If you want a book on the best damned language this side of C and the other side of Scheme, "Python Essential Reference" is the way to go.