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A list of a few good texts about The Prophet (S), his life and teachings: 
Sunan An-Nabi​​​​​​​
The Message
Life of the Prophet Mohammad before Starting the Mission
History of Islam up to the Demise of the Prophet (S)
Hayat Al-Qulub Vol. 2, A Detailed Biography of Prophet Muhammad (S)

Every Sunnah (Recommended) Prayer is in two Rak'ats and not more. The Sunnah prayer for Zohr is in fact  Rak'ats (2+2+2+2). This is according to the Prophetic Sunnah narrated from Ahlul Bayt (AS), although some Muslim sects pray 4 Rak'ats only according to their own sect.

'The Message' by Ayatollah Ja'far Sobhani.

The books containing Hadeeth are many. The most authentic books of Hadeeth are : 1. Al-Kaafi 
2. Al- Tahtheeb
3. Al-Istibsaar
4. Al- Faqeeh.
Sunni Muslims have six famous books of Hadeeth, but the narrators are mixture of good and bad.
Al-Kaafi English translation is available.