This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Private means private to the class, not to the instance. That means that all code inside the same class (including any enclosing classes if it is an inner class or static nested class) have access to the field.