I had the great fortune to come across a copy of Exploratory Social Network Analysis with Pajek by Wouter de Nooy, Andrej Mrvar, Vladimir Batagelj, and Mark Granovetter at the APSA Annual Conference in DC this past week.
Since I'm not much for cocktail talk, I spent downtime between panels reading this excellent text. Written as a hands-on overview of SNA, it combines clear, relatively jargon-free descriptions of the network paradigm with step-by-step practical exercises. Both software and datasets are FREE through the book's website.
I read most of the first three chapters at the conference, but I can't wait to start over with the software and data.
It may be the best-designed methods text I've ever seen. Kudos to de Nooy and team!