There are two books that I am currently recommending to developers who want to know more about SharePoint, and they are  "Inside Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0" by Ted Pattison and Daniel Larson, and "Inside Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007" by Patrick Tisseghem.  I've read them both and have used some of the demos in my briefings and sessions.

This is my current "more information" slide I use at events:

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I like the idea about putting a "face to the name" - this photo is one I took of Patrick and Ted (et al) one evening at a lovely tapas bar in Barcelona during TechEd, earlier this month.