Electrical Engineering for newbies (practical textbooks)

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The list author says: "Recommended electrical engineering books for recent college graduates. (More practical and intuitive than the usual college textbook- which are usually just reference books.) For the most part, these are written by practicing engineers, NOT professors."
Schaum's Outline of Basic Circuit Analysis
1.  Schaum's Outline of Basic Circuit Analysis by John O'Malley
The list author says:
  "This book alone is good enough to learn circuit analysis on your own."
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The Circuit Designer's Companion, Second Edition (EDN Series for Design Engineers)
2.  The Circuit Designer's Companion, Second Edition (EDN Series for Design Engineers) by Tim Williams
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  "The new 2nd edition.  All the practical analog stuff they never taught you in college!"
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Bebop to the Boolean Boogie, Third Edition: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics
3.  Bebop to the Boolean Boogie, Third Edition: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics by Clive Maxfield
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  "Easily the best high-level intro to digital electronics.  Very readable and entertaining!"
$36.17   Used & New from: $32.17
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Designing Embedded Hardware
4.  Designing Embedded Hardware by John Catsoulis
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  "A terrific introduction to embedded hardware for the recent college graduate."
$40.74   Used & New from: $28.98
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Complete Digital Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Electronics and Computer System Architecture
5.  Complete Digital Design: A Comprehensive Guide to Digital Electronics and Computer System Architecture by Mark Balch
The list author says:
  "Overall, the single best book on digital hardware (remarkably comprehensive)- watch out for the TINY font-size, though."
$68.35   Used & New from: $66.99

Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design
6.  Signal Integrity Issues and Printed Circuit Board Design by Douglas Brooks
The list author says:
  "A superb introduction to Signal Integrity (SI) and basic circuit concepts.  Too basic for experienced engineers."
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Right the First Time: a Practical Handbook on High Speed Pcb and System Design
7.  Right the First Time: a Practical Handbook on High Speed Pcb and System Design by Lee W. Ritchey
The list author says:
  "Another great book on digital board design (very practical and with minimal math).  The section on differential routing is controversial, though.  A free online edition (with ads) is available."
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Signal and Power Integrity - Simplified (2nd Edition)
8.  Signal and Power Integrity - Simplified (2nd Edition) by Eric Bogatin
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  "A more mathematical but still very intuitive treatment on PCB signal integrity."
$89.41   Used & New from: $87.12
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Electromagnetics Explained: A Handbook for Wireless/ RF, EMC, and High-Speed Electronics (EDN Series for Design Engineers)
9.  Electromagnetics Explained: A Handbook for Wireless/ RF, EMC, and High-Speed Electronics (EDN Series for Design Engineers) by Ron Schmitt
The list author says:
  "Much more readable than the typical fields+waves book.  I wish it had more mathematical detail, though+ better figures."
$44.87   Used & New from: $30.74
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations
10.  A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equations by Daniel A. Fleisch
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  "Complements the previous book very well-an excellent book on the math."
$27.00   Used & New from: $18.83
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering
11.  Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering by Henry Walter Ott
The list author says:
  "The EMC bible by the best known EMC expert."
$105.83   Used & New from: $86.99
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

RF Circuit Design, Second Edition
12.  RF Circuit Design, Second Edition by John E. Blyler
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  "The best beginners guide to RF circuit design."
$45.98   Used & New from: $39.69
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

Who Is Fourier? A Mathematical Adventure 2nd Edition
13.  Who Is Fourier? A Mathematical Adventure 2nd Edition by Transnational College of Lex
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  "Childish at times- still, the clearest explantion of Fourier theory ever done."
$28.45   Used & New from: $25.76
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Scientist & Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing
14.  The Scientist & Engineer's Guide to Digital Signal Processing by Steven W. Smith
The list author says:
  "The best intro to DSP.  Available free online from the author's site."
$52.89
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Understanding Digital Signal Processing (3rd Edition)
15.  Understanding Digital Signal Processing (3rd Edition) by Richard G. Lyons
The list author says:
  "The 2nd best DSP intro book (less intuitive i.e. more mathematical).   Worth reading just for his pictorial explanation of Quadrature signals (which is also available free online)."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple
16.  Signals and Systems Made Ridiculously Simple by Zoher Z. Karu
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  "Some people hate this book, but I think it's great: a concise treatment is often better than pages of eq.s."
$26.95   Used & New from: $11.43
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Digital Communications: Design for the Real World
17.  Digital Communications: Design for the Real World by Andy Bateman
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  "The best high-level introduction to Digital Comm out there.  A bit pricey, though."
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The Calculus Tutoring Book
18.  The Calculus Tutoring Book by Carol Ash
The list author says:
  "Very intuitive and readable-everything most math books aren't.  A pedagocical masterpiece.  It's nice to understand this stuff even though you'll probably never use it in your career."
$95.35   Used & New from: $7.84
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Math, Better Explained: Learn to Unlock Your Math Intuition
19.  Math, Better Explained: Learn to Unlock Your Math Intuition by Kalid Azad
The list author says:
  "Very insightful book on the building blocks of college math."
$9.99
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Why the professor can't teach: Mathematics and the dilemma of university education
20.  Why the professor can't teach: Mathematics and the dilemma of university education by Morris Kline
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  "An old but unfortunately very relevant critique on what's (still) wrong with University-level teaching.  Available free online."
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A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form
21.  A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form by Paul Lockhart
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  "A new critique on what's wrong with K12 math education.  A shorter version is available free online."
$12.04   Used & New from: $5.63
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Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World
22.  Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World by Carl Selinger
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  "In today's job market, the soft-skills are just as important as technical knowledge."
$33.41   Used & New from: $14.81
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