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Old 02-07-08, 08:25 PM
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I have Understanding Electronics by G. Randy Sloane and R. H. Warring. I have read it twice and referred to it even more often. It does have a couple of small errors in it that made my head hurt until I realized they were errors. I think it does a good job of what you want. It also has some small projects with each chapter.

A couple of years ago I bought a circuit simulation program on close-out at Radio Shack. It allows you to set up circuits like you mentioned, but on a computer. If you have something wrong, a component "overheats" and "blows" without needing to buy a replacement and solder it into place. When the virtual circuit works as it should, buy components and build the real thing. Read about it at: http://www.globalspecialties.com/protolab4.html.
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