My favourite DW CS4 book is "Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 Digital Classroom" by Jeremy Osborn & Aquent Creative Team, ISBN 978-0-470-41092-9. Highly recommended.....................playz
if you start with Dreamweaver, I'll recommend you Dreamweaver CS4 - Classroom in A Book. You will learn how to use the program throughout step-by-step exercices.
Here is the TOC :
Lesson 1 Getting a Quick Start and Exploring Your Workspace
Lesson 2 Working with Cascading Style Sheets
Lesson 3 Working with Text, Lists, and Tables
Lesson 4 Working with Images
Lesson 5 Working with Navigation
Lesson 6 Adding Interactivity
Lesson 7 Creating a page layout from scratch
Lesson 8 Working with Forms
Lesson 9 Working with Flash
Lesson 10 Increasing Productivity
Lesson 11 Publishing to the Web
You can buy it on Adobe Press, Amazon or maybe at your local library.
I have to say I am a huge fan of David Powers book. "Dreamweaver CS4 with Css, Ajax, and PHP," was a godsend for me. I found Dreamweaver to have a good size learning curve when I migrated from GoLive. http://foundationphp.com/
It's the kind of book you can pick up, open at random and find something new and exciting. And if you are very disciplined it flows well and is laid out logically.
Dreamweaver the Missing Manual: The book that should have been in the box (an O'Reilly publication)
It touches upon everything you mentioned and more! It is DW in depth and easy to understand!!
I highly recommend it!
I also vote for the Missing Manual series. Some of their chapters are here on the Adobe site. I teach Dreamweaver from that book.
There are also many beginning and intermediate tutorials here on the Adobe site, which you should take advantage of. http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Dreamweaver/10.0_Using/WS42d4a1c0291fbe4e59147ede1232ff9686c-8 000.html
You can get a limited time (30 days?) free trial membership in Safari Books Online http://www.safaribooksonline.com/Corporate/Index/ and "sample" many books on Dreamweaver. By checking out their differing styles, you will find the one(s) you think will be the best fit for you. I like Safari because by using Books Online, I don't have to buy and store and have outdated books on my bookshelf when the new program versions come out!
Another resource is the videos here on Adobe TV. http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-dreamweaver-cs4/
Don't forget to check back in here at the Forums when you have a question that you just can't find the answer to!
I am also learning Dreamweaver from the ground up. Instead of recommending the book I purchased, (and am learning a lot from), I would say to go the store and flip through as many as you can find and see which one you are comfortable with and fuels your excitement level. I am sure that all of the books are great, but we all learn differently and you need to get something you WILL use and not get frustrated with.
Cool, Thank you....everyone.... I wasn't sure which books would be adequate because there's so many to choose from. I'll start looking into all of them.