"The art of electronics" (assuming you mean Horowitz and Hill) is, indeed, the best "real world" book on electronics ever written, the second edition came out in 1989.
It's the third edition you're waiting for, Winfield Hill has blogged on EEVblog to say that "the book should be out by late 2012 or early 2013."*
BUT, this book is not an academic text book, and will not get you through your degree (although it will help hugely with your project work). However, for many of us it is the only book we use after we graduate.
* EDIT: Looking at it again, it wasn't actually Winfield Hill blogging, it was another blogger "solarmist" posting an e-mail received from Prof Hill.
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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23 July 2012 at
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