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Which non-Perl books made you a better (?:Perl )?Programmer?
Well, it seems that most people has suggested books that go towards the high level side (technical or management wise) of programming, but I believe going in the oposite direction (the low level one) can also be very productive, for instance learning assembler lets any programmer understand how things really work.
So I would recommend See MIPS Run and don't get bewildered but the fact that it is about MIPS processors, for learning purposes it is far better than going the x86 way!!!