Ken Guest has put together a review of the second edition of the APress book "Beginning Joomla!" (by Dan Rahmel):
In a clear non-patronising and concise manner the author explains to the reader just what Joomla is (a content management system), how to install, add content, administer, design templates and write extensions for it. He touches on SEO and covers the aspects of both deploying Joomla on Windows, Linux and Mac.
While Ken agrees that most of the book was well written and holds the user's hand but there were a few points that surprised him. Included in these was a recommendation for an older version of PHP4 and a disappointment with the chapter on creating extensions.