By Steve Coll
Steve Coll's Private Empire is winner of the FT/GOLDMAN SACHS company publication OF THE yr AWARD 2012. during this prize-winning booklet, the writer of Ghost Wars and The Bin Ladens investigates the notoriously mysterious ExxonMobil company and the secrets and techniques of the oil
In the various international locations the place it operates, ExxonMobil has a larger sway than that of the united states embassy, its annual sales are better than the whole financial job in such a lot nations and in Washington it spends extra on lobbying than the other company. but regardless of its oversized effect, it really is to outsiders a black box.
Private Empire begins with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and closes with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Steve Coll's narrative spans the globe, taking readers to Moscow, impoverished African capitals, Indonesia and in different places as ExxonMobil consists of out its actions opposed to a backdrop of blackmail threats, kidnapping, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles on the Kremlin. within the US, Coll is going inside of ExxonMobil's ruthless Washington lobbying places of work and its company headquarters in Irving, Texas, the place best executives oversee a extraordinary company tradition of self-discipline and secrecy.
Private Empire is the masterful results of Steve Coll's indefatigable reporting, from the halls of Congress to the oil-laden swamps of the Niger Delta; formerly labeled U.S. files; heretofore unexamined courtroom files; and lots of different sources.
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