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Private Empire ExxonMobil and American Power

ISBN-10: 1594203350
ISBN-13: 9781594203350
Edition: 2012
Authors: Steve Coll
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Description: Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll goes deep inside ExxonMobil Corp, the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United StatesIn Private Empire, Steve Coll investigates the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation, revealing  More...

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Book details

List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll goes deep inside ExxonMobil Corp, the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United StatesIn Private Empire, Steve Coll investigates the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil's annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries, equivalent to the GDP of Norway. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil's sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.Private Empirebegins with the Exxon Valdezaccident in 1989 and closes with the Deepwater Horizonoil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The narrative spans the globe, taking readers to Moscow, impoverished African capitals, Indonesia, and elsewhere in heart- stopping scenes that feature kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high- stakes struggles at the Kremlin. At home, Coll goes inside ExxonMobil's K Street office and corporation headquarters in Irving, Texas, where top executives in the "God Pod" (as employees call it) oversee an extraordinary corporate culture of discipline and secrecy.The action is driven by larger than life characters, including corporate legend Lee "Iron Ass" Raymond, ExxonMobil's chief executive until 2005. A close friend of Dick Cheney's, Raymond was both the most successful and effective oil executive of his era and an unabashed skeptic about climate change and government in all its aspects. The larger cast includes Raymond's successor, Rex Tillerson, who broke with Raymond and tried to reset ExxonMobil's public image; as well as the countless world leaders, plutocrats, dictators, guerrillas, and corporate scientists who are part of ExxonMobil's colossal story.The first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobil, Private Empireis the masterful result of Steve Coll's indefatigable reporting. He draws here on more than four hundred interviews; field reporting from the halls of Congress to the oil-laden swamps of the Niger Delta; more than one thousand pages of previously classified U.S. documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act; heretofore unexamined court records; and many other sources. A penetrating, newsbreaking study, Private Empirewill be the definitive portrait of ExxonMobil.

List of Maps
Author's Note
Selected Cast Of Characters
Prologue. "I'm Going to the White House on This"
The End of Easy Oil
"One Right Answer"
"Iron Ass"
"Is the Earth Really Warming?"
"Do You Really Want Us as an Enemy?"
"Unknown Injury"
"E.G. Month!"
"The Camel and the Jackal"
"We Target Oil Companies"
"Real Men-They Discover Oil"
"It's Not Quite as Bad as It Sounds"
"The Haifa Pipeline"
"How High Can We Fly?"
"Assisted Regime Change"
"Informed Influentials"
The Risk Cycle
"On My Honor"
"Chad Can Live Without Oil"
"I Pray for Exxon"
"We Will Need Witnesses"
"The Cash Waterfall"
"Moonshine"
"Can't the C.I.A. and the Navy Solve This Problem?"
"A Person Would Have to Eat More Than 3,400 Rubber Ducks"
"We Must End the Age Of Oil"
"Are We Out? Or In?"
"It's Not My Money to Tithe"
"We're Confident You Can Book the Reserves"
"One Plus One Has Got to Equal Three"
"It Just Happened"
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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