Private Empire - Steve Coll

Private Empire

By Steve Coll

  • Publication Date: 2012-05-01
  • Genre: Industries & Professions
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 98 Ratings)

Book Overview

From the award-winning and bestselling author of Ghost Wars and Directorate S, an “extraordinary” and “monumental” exposé of Big Oil (The Washington Post)

Includes a profile of current Secretary of State and former chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson

In this, the first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobil—the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States—Steve Coll reveals the true extent of its power. Private Empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporation’s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The action spans the globe—featuring kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlin—and the narrative is driven by larger-than-life characters, including corporate legend Lee “Iron Ass” Raymond, ExxonMobil’s chief executive until 2005, and current chairman and chief executive Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's nomination for Secretary of State. A penetrating, news-breaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.

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Users Reviews

  • Get a Soul

    By Stop the Rats
    Exxon is worse than South Carolina' infamous Joe "You lie" Wilson's disgraceful shout out at a State of the Union address. Tarring and feathering these cold hearted narcissists would be too good for them. Their kind of talk is going to kill hundreds of thousands of people and cause the displacement of millions more. This book does a global service by saying what and naming who are ready to commit moral atrocities for a buck.
  • Bug

    By Faisal AlNughaimish
    A great book, but not able to re-download it for some reason. I hope this bug is fixed.
  • Essential reading

    By Ashraf Sami
    An essential read to anybody in the oil and gas industry or in any way impacted by this industry ( which is all of us ....).The book is obviously extremely well researched. I can imagine how difficult it was to obtain information about a company that is closed to the public and highly guarded. The author in his attempt to build a story telling approach to the book made it long and somewhat redundant at times. Apart from that, I would highly recommend this book.
  • Another phenomenal in-depth analysis

    By Mackperry
    I first read Coll's Ghost Wars in 2008 after seeing it referenced several times. I looked forward to his next subject matter and was not disappointed! The title is appropriate; the reach and depth of resources of ExxonMobil makes the corporation a very powerful world player with more influence over geolitics than one might initially understand. Coll's blend of exhaustive research and compelling storytelling makes this a fantastic read for anyone interested in the recent history of the most powerful corporation of our current times.