There are a lot of good books out there and I wish I owned them all. However, books are expensive, especially when you start looking at historical woodworking books. Just recently ShopWoodworking has put a book on sale that is a no brainer for those into woodworking. Wether you are a hand tool junky or a hybrid woodworker you MUST buy Hand Tool Essentials from the publishers of Popular Woodworking Magazine. This book is now on sale for $6.99, Yes $6.99, and with shipping its like $10. This book is usually $25 and with this sale I don't think it will last much longer.
Hand Tool Essentials is a compilation of articles from several different authors about everything from making handles for chisels, setting up a hand planes, restoring old planes, using hand saws, finding tools, making a sawbench, a workbench, and any other shop appliance or activity. At 224 pages and 8 1/2 by 11 inches, this book is full of great information.
If I could recommend one book to a new woodworker, this would be that book. Get you copy today before they are all gone or the sale ends.