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Private Empire

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

图书分类: 企业传记
作者英文名: Steve Coll
ISBN: 9781594203350 商品编号: 1594203350
出版日期: 2012-05-01 上架时间: 2012-11-05
出版社: Penguin Press 季度推荐: 2012年冬季刊
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Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2012

High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://aboutus.ft.com/2012/11/02/financial-times-and-goldman-sachs-business-book-of-the-year-award-2012/#ixzz2BhZUeAn4 Private Empire is forensic, nuanced and extremely well written. It is the story of ExxonMobil, one of the world’s most powerful companies. Through a series of compelling narratives, it covers Exxon’s huge geopolitical footprint and its influence. No other book on this year’s shortlist exposes so much information that we did not know.

内容简介

In Private Empire Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

Private Empire pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporation’s recent history and its central role on the world stage, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and leading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The action spans the globe, moving from Moscow, to impoverished African capitals, Indonesia, and elsewhere in heart-stopping scenes that feature kidnapping cases, civil wars, and high-stakes struggles at the Kremlin. At home, Coll goes inside ExxonMobil’s K Street office and corporation headquarters in Irving, Texas, where top executives in the “God Pod” (as employees call it) oversee an extraordinary corporate culture of discipline and secrecy.

The narrative is driven by larger than life characters, including corporate legend Lee “Iron Ass” Raymond, ExxonMobil’s chief executive until 2005. A close friend of Dick Cheney’s, Raymond was both the most successful and effective oil executive of his era and an unabashed skeptic about climate change and government regulation.. This position proved difficult to maintain in the face of new science and political change and Raymond’s successor, current ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, broke with Raymond’s programs in an effort to reset ExxonMobil’s public image. The larger cast includes countless world leaders, plutocrats, dictators, guerrillas, and corporate scientists who are part of ExxonMobil’s colossal story.

The first hard-hitting examination of ExxonMobil, Private Empire is the masterful result of Coll’s indefatigable reporting. He draws here on more than four hundred interviews; field reporting from the halls of Congress to the oil-laden swamps of the Niger Delta; more than one thousand pages of previously classified U.S. documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act; heretofore unexamined court records; and many other sources. A penetrating, newsbreaking study, Private Empire is a defining portrait of ExxonMobil and the place of Big Oil in American politics and foreign policy.

作者简介

Steve Coll is a writer for The New Yorker and author of the Pulitzer Prize- winning Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001. He is president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. Previously he served, for more than twenty years, as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and ultimately as managing editor of The Washington Post. He is also the author of On the Grand Trunk Road, The Deal of the Century, and The Taking of Getty Oil. Coll received a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding international print reporting and the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best magazine reporting from abroad. Ghost Wars, published in 2004, received the Pulitzer for general nonfiction and the Arthur Ross award for the best book on international affairs.

图书目录

List of Maps

Author's Note

Selected Cast Of Characters

Prologue. "I'm Going to the White House on This"

Part 1 The End of Easy Oil

1 "One Right Answer"

2 "Iron Ass"

3 "Is the Earth Really Warming?"

4 "Do You Really Want Us as an Enemy?"

5 "Unknown Injury"

6 "E.G. Month!"

7 "The Camel and the Jackal"

8 "We Target Oil Companies"

9 "Real Men—They Discover Oil"

10 "It's Not Quite as Bad as It Sounds"

11 "The Haifa Pipeline"

12 "How High Can We Fly?"

13 "Assisted Regime Change"

14 "Informed Influentials"

Part 2 The Risk Cycle

15 "On My Honor"

16 "Chad Can Live Without Oil"

17 "I Pray for Exxon"

18 "We Will Need Witnesses"

19 "The Cash Waterfall"

20 "Moonshine"

21 "Can't the C.I.A. and the Navy Solve This Problem?"

22 "A Person Would Have to Eat More Than 3,400 Rubber Ducks"

23 "We Must End the Age Of Oil"

24 "Are We Out? Or In?"

25 "It's Not My Money to Tithe"

26 "We're Confident You Can Book the Reserves"

27 "One Plus One Has Got to Equal Three"

28 "It Just Happened"

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index