As America’s biggest private corporation, ExxonMobil has economic power and political clout exceeding that of many countries. Yet its corporate culture of secrecy and discipline makes it a mystery to most of us.
Author Steve Coll unearths the company’s secrets in Private Empire, tracking the corporation’s role on the world stage from the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Coll is a former foreign correspondent and editor at The Washington Post. He is president of New America Foundation, a contributor to The New Yorker magazine, and the author of seven books.