This isn't a DIY book but rather a guide to navigating the construction process in general. The author is a veteran construction project manager with heaps of good advice about planning and completing big jobs, working with contractors and subs (even when they're flaky or downright dishonest), and so forth. I recommend it for anyone who is undertaking a major construction or renovation project, with or without a contractor.
I still haven't finished reading this behemoth, but it will definitely go on my list of building books to bring to a desert island. With clearly-written text and color illustrations, it covers all the steps of building a house: foundation, framing, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, carpentry, and everything in between. And at 656 pages long, it will work well to hold down tarps.
Occupant behavior can make the difference between an efficient house and a wasteful one. Notorious energy hogs include plasma TVs, old refrigerators or freezers, ice-makers, and dehumidifiers. And don't overlook sneaky items like DVRs, always-on computer and entertainment equipment, etc.