There has been a few.
Atlas Shrugged: learned about the evils of acceptable incompetence.
Richest Man in Babylon: save a fixed percentage of any money you earn and you'll be richer for it
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: assets generate income, owner occupier houses generally aren't assets
The Intelligent Investor: value investor, and indirectly why index tracker is a good option for people too lazy to apply value investing concepts themselves!
Freakonomics: much of what we take for granted about how the world works is wrong.
4 hour work week: much of what we do is busy work, and we are all replaceable. Focus on the stuff that makes a difference.
and finally for fun in no particular order The Alchemist, Life of Pi, Lord of the Rings series, George RR Martin's books, Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Douglas Adam's books, Peter F Hamilton's "space opera" books (paints an fascinating picture of what the future may hold, in a similar way to the old star trek tv series did).