I'm currently pressed for time, so I won't be able to put out the follow-up to my previous post on the wilfully ignorant misinterpretation of research results in population genetics for a day or two, but in the meantime, might I recommend that the autodidacts among you take a look at the NCBI Bookshelf? There are a fair number of pretty decent books on there covering topics as varied as biochemistry, developmental biology, endocrinology and human molecular genetics.
For a solid grounding in what genetics is really about, I particularly recommend working through the Introduction to Genetic Analysis textbook by Griffiths, Miller et. al. from cover to cover: you'll find as you read through it that the way genes work and the way they're discussed by newspaper hacks and race-obsessed cranks have pretty much nothing to do with each other.