ExxonMobil: A ‘Private Empire’ On The World Stage
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ExxonMobil and American Power
by Steve Coll
In Private Empire, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Steve Coll investigates how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., particularly during the Bush administration.
Executives at the company maintained close personal connections with members of the Bush administration — but Coll says the “cliched idea that Exxon-Mobil was just an instrument of the Bush administration’s foreign policy — a kind of extension of the American government during the Bush years — is just wrong.”
Coll has written extensively about Afghanistan and Pakistan and the uses of government power. But in Private Empire, he turns his attention to ExxonMobil, one of the largest private corporations in the United States.