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Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power
  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780718194468
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 704

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power



Pulitzer Prize-winner Steve Coll tells the shocking story of one of the most powerful private corporations in the world

Winner of the FT/GOLDMAN SACHS BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2012

In Private Empire, Steve Coll investigates the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation, revealing the true extent of its power. In many of the countries where it operates, ExxonMobil has a greater sway than that of the US embassy. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is to outsiders a black box.

Private Empire begins with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and closes with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The narrative spans the globe as ExxonMobil carries out its activities against a backdrop of blackmail threats, kidnapping and civil wars. In the US, Coll goes inside ExxonMobil's ruthless Washington lobbying offices and its corporate headquarters. Coll draws on more than 400 interviews; field reporting from the halls of Congress to the oil-laden swamps of the Niger Delta; previously classified documents; court records; and many other sources. Private Empire is a chilling, definitive portrait of ExxonMobil.

  • Published: 26 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780718194468
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 704

About the author

Steve Coll

Steve Coll is most recently the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Ghost Wars. He also won a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism. He covered Afghanistan as the Washington Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1989 and 1992 and has been the Post's managing editor since 1998. He is the author of five books, including On the Grand Trunk Road and The Taking of Getty Oil. He lives with his wife and three children in Maryland.

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