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A well structured account of a new field, 14 Feb 2007
There aren't really any text books on networks, at least networks as they're being studied by physicists today. You'll find maths books on graph theory but that is about all. This book is a collection of the most important papers through the recent (and not so recent) history of networks.
The reasons I really like this book are, firstly, the authors are among the best in the field. The papers they have chosen really are a good place to start if you want to know the story of networks. Secondly the introductions to each of the sections are very well written. There is a general introduction and then they go through each paper picking out its important point and placing it in the bigger picture.
I'm a postgraduate physics student and I'm learning about networks for my research. Along with Mark Newman's website I've found this the most comprehensive resource yet.