Private Empire

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May 28, 2013 | 704 Pages

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May 01, 2012 | 704 Pages

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May 01, 2012 | 1500 Minutes

  • Paperback $19.00

    May 28, 2013 | 704 Pages

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    May 01, 2012 | 704 Pages

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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.”

"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."

"Groundbreaking… Masterful as a corporate portrait, Private Empire gushes with narrative."

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