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I would really love to learn General Relativity. I possess a working knowledge of tensors (namely tensor calculus and analysis).

Upon doing some research I was told Gravitation by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler is one of the best books out there however I've also read that it is not ideal for beginners. Is there any other book that would be ideal for me.

Also, is it necessary to know Special Relativity before learning General Relativity? If so, can someone recommend a good book (my mathematics skills are very advanced).