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Government reports are not known for the quality of their prose, and GAO reports in particular are often dry reads. But the waste report joins several others that have become breakout hits beyond the Beltway.

In 2004, bookstores stocked the 9/11 commission report, and the compelling narrative of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hit the best-seller lists.

More recently, McClatchy news service reported last month that the “Financial Crisis Inquiry Report,” which looks at the 2008 financial markets crash, reached the New York Times paperback best-seller list.