ExxonMobil is America's biggest private corporation, one with annual revenues larger than the economies of entire countries, with more political clout in many nations than the U.S. Embassy, and with more lobbying money to spend than almost any other company.
Yet despite its immense influence, ExxonMobil is a black box.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll opens that box in a discussion of his new book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Winner of the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, Private Empire plumbs the true extent of ExxonMobil's power, tracking the corporation's recent history and its central role on the world stage beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989.
Coll goes inside ExxonMobil's headquarters where top executives oversee an extraordinary corporate culture of discipline and secrecy.
Along the way he looks at larger-than-life characters like Lee Raymond, ExxonMobil's chief executive until 2005, a close friend of Dick Cheney's and an unabashed climate change skeptic and opponent of government regulation.
Coll won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and the 2005 Pulitzer for non-fiction for Ghost Wars. A former foreign correspondent and editor at the Washington Post, he is president of New America Foundation and a contributor to The New Yorker magazine. Among his books are The Deal of the Century: The Break Up of AT&T, The Taking of Getty Oil , Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden, and The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.