A new introductory book on Python has been published, patterned after the successful books OCaml from the Very Beginning and Haskell from the Very Beginning. It can be obtained on the book’s own website, in electronic form, or from Amazon in Paperback and Kindle form.
In Python from the Very Beginning John Whitington takes a no-prerequisites approach to teaching the basics of a modern general-purpose programming language. Each small, self-contained chapter introduces a new topic, building until the reader can write quite substantial programs. There are plenty of questions and, crucially, worked answers and hints.
Python from the Very Beginning will appeal both to new programmers, and to experienced programmers eager to explore functional languages such as Haskell. It is suitable both for formal use within an undergraduate or graduate curriculum, and for the interested amateur.