The Richest Man in Babylon is a little book of parables on the topic of wealth, thrift, and financial planning. My dad gave this book to Toben for Christmas in 2004; I picked it up a month or two ago and read it since it's been in my "to read" pile for a while.
I'm glad I did.
It's not so much information that I didn't know, but it's presented in an easy-to-read format in a such a way that it makes a lot of sense and is easy to remember. As I've started handling our finances in the past few months, I've already put some of the principles into action and am seeing a big difference.
The book presents seven principles that will give you an idea of the tone of the book:
1. Start thy purse to fattening. 2. Control thy expenditures. 3. Make thy gold multiply. 4. Guard thy treasures from loss. 5. Make of thy dwelling a profitable investment. 6. Insure a future income. 7. Increase thy ability to earn.
As you can tell, the language is a little flowery and a little bit hokey, but it's worth your time to read. Especially if you're concerned with saving, getting out of debt, or just being smarter with your money.