- Hardcover: 685 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Pr (1 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781594203350
- ISBN-13: 978-1594203350
- ASIN: 1594203350
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
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Steve Coll is most recently the author of the New York Times bestseller The Bin Ladens. He is the president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer for The New Yorker. Previously heworked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Ghost Wars.
Steve Coll is most recently the author of the New York Times bestsellerThe Bin Ladens. He is the president of the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., and a staff writer forThe New Yorker. Previously heworked for twenty years at The Washington Post, where he received a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism in 1990. He is the author of six other books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestsellerGhost Wars.
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What I especially appreciated about this title was Coll's ability to provide both sides of the story, so that it is not just another attack on "Big Oil", but also gives credit to ExxonMobil in the areas where it surpasses its competitors in the quality of its operations (especially with regards to worker safety), and the reasoning behind some of their faults (such as Lee Raymond's refusal to acknowledge climate change arguments).
The book is in no way a puff piece for ExxonMobil, and actually concludes with a rather dire outlook on the future of its operations; but it is a fair and balanced history of one of the most successful--and reviled--companies in the world. Overall a great and informative read.
The book takes you on a geographical journey to lands where Exxon finds oil - Aceh, Indonesia, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Iraq, Russia and more. There are some lighter moments, for example when Equatorial Guinea wants to open a US bank account. There are also deadly serious decisions in Iraq.
Thorough research makes the book most informative and enjoyable. For climate change activists, skeptics and scientists, the book is peppered with insights into Exxon's strategies and research. You may not agree with the author's comments on Peak Oil, but his arguments are generally well thought out.
This is a terrific read and provides insights into the oil industry. With current low oil prices, the book needs another edition!