The 9/11 Commission Report was nominated for a National Book Award today, making it only the second government study to be nominated (the first was about the prison riot at Attica). The various media reports about this nomination cite the fact that the report is unusually compelling. The report is really gripping - almost painfully so - and needed to be, to convey what happened and to be used as the facts on record. Other National Book Award nominees can be found here; Gothamist found it interesting that all the fiction nominees were written by women living in New York City. And Gothamist likes how Judy Blume is this year's National Book Award honoree.

The 9/11 Commission Report is also available for free, by downloading it from the 9/11 Commission site. Gothamist on the 9/11 hearings (Days 1, 2, and pre-meeting).