Handbook of Construction Contracting: Plans, Specs, Buildingby Jack Payne Jones, P.
Pub. Date: 12/28/1987
Publisher: Craftsman Book Company
Volume 1: How to start and run your construction business; the pros and cons of each type of contracting, the records you'll need to keep, and how to read and understand house plans and specs so you find any problems before the actual work begins. All aspects of construction are covered in detail, including all-weather wood foundations, practical math for the job site, and elementary surveying.
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As a general contractor engaged in building and remodeling houses and small business, I found I couldn't reach my desired level of success in this business without this book. A must!