Long story short: Tom Malloy's Bankroll is a GREAT place to start your Film Production career &/or book collection! Now: for what's it worth (FWIW) 10 years ago it was REAL hard trying to find books on Film Production anywhere. Of course back then there were lots of good books on screenwriting, acting & directing. But now in 2009 the Film Prod. world finally has a solid canon of classic books that try to mentor you in the best way about the world that helps put the worlds of the 3 subjects I just mentioned together.
I still wish that most of the books now considered classics on the Film Prod. world had come out 10 years earlier. To find some of these classics just do a search for authors like Dov S-S Simens, Greg Merritt, Paul Mason & Don Gold, Eve Light Honthaner, Gunnar Erickson, Louise Levison, Sara Caldwell and Deborah S. Patz (I'm sure I've forgotten a few more authors.) I should also mention the equally great but more specific books on financing your film by Morrie Warshawski, John W. Cones & Adam P. Davies and books on film budgets & contracts by Deke Simon & Mark Litwak respectively too. But Bankroll easily becomes a new classic in the film production book genre because of 2 things.
Tom's book is 1) an uplifting, funny & a little bittersweet auto-bio on his past & current life in the film production world (no wonder he's also a motivational speaker) and 2) a handy guide on what to do & not to do if you choose to be a film producer (especially in the investor area.) But aside from his valuable advice & tips on film prod. (for ex.:Chapters 9 - 13 on approaching investors) it's his deep enthusiasm for film production that really grabs you and leaves you with the biggest impression after reading it. I certainly didn't think anybody had THAT much devotion to film production but any book that tells you to quit your dayjob and actually has chapters called "Getting It Done" and "Taking Action!" surely isn't playing around.
So again Bankroll is a fantastic place to start your film production career and/or bookshelf. I'm currently moving on with my film prod. career and his book has me more charged up to continue MORE than books by most of the authors I mentioned earlier.