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9/11 report is finalist for National Book Award

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The final report of the 9/11 Commission led the list of finalists for the National Book Awards announced Wednesday.

The commission's report was among five finalists in the nonfiction category. The authorized edition published by W.W. Norton has been praised as a compelling narrative and has sold well, too, with more than 1 million books in print.

Government reports have traditionally been considered bland and unreadable, so the inclusion is unusual if not unprecedented.