Hmm, don't let the C++ committee hear you, they are *always* happy to add more complexity to C++ to bring back the status quo
Here's the difference between K&R/2nd and C++/(I cant remember the edition) from my perspective -- I'm wondering if anyone else had the same experience:
When I was reading it, I had this feeling that the authors knew me. It was written for me! Page after page, I enjoyed it. Finally, I finished the book.
Stroustrup C++ Book:
It was different, very long-winded. Every single line was confusing. I got lost in the very begging of the book. I abandoned it.