The book that Bruce Tate and I co-authored was released yesterday by
O'Reilly --"Ruby on Rails: Up and Running". It is a quick-start guide
expressly designed to get you going with Rails quickly.

The press release is here:

  http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/1616

and the book page is here:

   http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/rubyrails/

Curt