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'Private Empire,' by Steve Coll: review | San Francisco Chronicle

April 29, 2012 |

"Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power" is a masterful study of Big Oil's biggest player. Steve Coll, a New Yorker staff writer whose previous books investigated the bin Laden family, the CIA and other recondite forces, has focused on this global giant whose product is as near as your gas tank. Coll's in-depth reporting, buttressed by his anecdotal prose, make "Private Empire" a must-read.

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