I went out and bought ”Programming Ruby” which is also known as “The Dave and Andy Book” in the Ruby community. It is a perfect book for learning a new programming language. It gives the big picture, and the little details, with plenty of examples along the way.
The fun thing is that the entire contents of the book are available online. In fact, it’s from the online version that I learned the basics of Ruby, and learned what a cool language (and book) it was.