Which Book to Buy?

I'm thinking about buying a book on windows programing but I'd like some advice on if there are any books worth buying. Could it possibly be better to continue learning from free resources on the internet?

I've seen many references to Charles Petzold and I'm considering buying this book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Windows%C2%AE-Edition-Developer-Reference/dp/157231995X

but the books publication date is 1998 and I was hoping to find something a little bit more modern that would discuss 64 bit programs also. The price for the book is low enough to buy it along side something else though. I've made it most of the way through the winforgers tutorial and I understand some of the basics.


so...

What book (if any) do you think would be a good purchase for a beginner to learn from?
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