Typography

Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this question, but I was looking through the typography books on Amazon and wondering if anyone could give me a suggestion as to the best one to choose.
I thought these three looked promising. Is there much difference? Typography starts to look the same to me.

Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=typography&x=0&y=0

The Elements of Typographic Style

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=typography&x=0&y=0

The Complete Manual of Typography

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=typography&x=0&y=0

Another member of this forum (AlexDawson) recommended these titles recently:

Thinking With Type (Ellen Lupton)
The Elements of Typographic Style (Robert Bringhurst)
The Typographic Desk Reference
Adobe Type Primer (http://www.adobe.com/education/products/typeclassics.html)

I haven’t read them, but I kept his list because I value his recommendations. Since there is one overlapping title here, at least you have one matching recommendation!

In case you are interested, Jennifer Farley, a SitePoint blogger, also recommended these links (though they are not books):

http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2010/01/29/typography-readability-legibility-part-2/
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/12/04/spaced-out-part-2-kerning-in-typography/
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/11/27/spaced-out-tracking-in-typography/
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2009/05/20/focus-on-typography-part-1-contrast/
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/category/design/web-design/

The Elements of Typographic Style is a MUST have. Ellen Lupton’s Thinking With Type is also mandatory reading. The desk reference is superb and, as the title implies, a reference. I have all three and would recommend all of them to anyone who wants to dig deeper into the subject.

Ok, well I think I would have to take about a year out of my life to read all these. Is there one that really stands out? Is The Elements of Typographic Style the best?

I’d say, yes, it is.

Here is a good article: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/14/what-font-should-i-use-five-principles-for-choosing-and-using-typefaces/

A friend says Thinking with Type is good for beginners