firstname.lastname@example.org:...you might want to try "Accelerated C++".
Syzygies:Whatever brilliance is embodied in the design of C++, one cannot call it economical.
Probably not the book that would quickly bring you up to speed with C++, but if you have time and interest, I would recommend reading Bjarne Stroustrup's "Design and Evolution of C++". It gaves the language father's perspective on many decisions made on different language features; also I think it is good reading if you are interested to understand the language deeper. I recently learnt about a newest Bjarne's paper "Evolving a language in and for the real world: C++ 1991-2006" and I anticipate another good reading (have not yet found time for it).