- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (28 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143123548
- ISBN-13: 978-0143123545
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.7 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,07,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power Paperback – 28 May 2013
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“ExxonMobil has met its match in Coll, an elegant writer and dogged reporter… extraordinary… monumental.”—THE WASHINGTON POST
“Fascinating… Private Empire is a book meticulously prepared as if for trial, a lawyerly accumulation of information that lets the facts speak for themselves… a compelling and elucidatory work.”—BLOOMBERG
“Private Empire is meticulous, multi-angled and valuable… Mr. Coll’s prose sweeps the earth like an Imax camera.”—Dwight Garner, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"ExxonMobil has cut a ruthless path through the Age of Oil. Yet intense secrecy has kept one of the world's largest companies a mystery, until now. Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power is a masterful study of Big Oil's biggest player… Coll's in-depth reporting, buttressed by his anecdotal prose, make Private Empire a must-read. Consider Private Empire a sequel of sorts to The Prize, Daniel Yergin's Pulitzer-winning history of the oil industry… Coll's portrait of ExxonMobil is both riveting and appalling… Yet Private Empire is not so much an indictment as a fascinating look into American business and politics. With each chapter as forceful as a New Yorker article, the book abounds in Dickensian characters.”—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"Coll makes clear in his magisterial account that Exxon is mighty almost beyond imagining, producing more profit than any American company in the history of profit, the ultimate corporation in 'an era of corporate ascendancy.' This history of its last two decades is therefore a revealing history of our time, a chronicle of the intersection between energy and politics."—Bill McKibben, NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Groundbreaking... Masterful as a corporate portrait, Private Empire gushes with narrative."—AMERICAN PROSPECT
About the Author
Steve Coll is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars and the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and from 2007 to 2013 was president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and previously worked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of seven other books, including On the Grand Trunk Road, The Bin Ladens, Private Empire, and Directorate S.See all Product description
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1. Congressional lobbying
3. Geopolitical constraints
All of the narrative revolves around these themes. Apart from this, there isn't much to read.
It would have been a much more interesting book if the author would have looked at $XOM with the context of competitive scenarios, technological innovations, sustainability and people development. This would have given a much more holistic picture of $XOM
My recommendation would be to avoid this book.
It also provides a great lesson on what takes for private enterprise to be successful....though in an industry, where OPEC has been rigging prices. Great ideas on how to deal with Governments, how to use think tanks and the dos and dont's of operating with the Government.
Written in an engaging style, it is easy to read. I highly recommend the book
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