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New America President Steve Coll Releases Book on ExxonMobil Today

Pulitzer Prize-Winning, Bestselling Author Examines One of the World's Most Powerful, Secretive Companies
Published:   May 1, 2012

New America Foundation President and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll today releases his new book, PRIVATE EMPIRE: ExxonMobil and American Power, the first hard-hitting, book length examination of one of the world's most powerful and secretive companies.

More than just a top Fortune 500 company, ExxonMobil is a global entity unto itself. In many of the countries where it pumps oil and gas, their influence 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, bending and shaping American foreign policy as well as economic, climate, chemical, and environmental regulation. Within its Irving, Texas, headquarters, an extraordinary corporate culture of secrecy and discipline exist. Steve Coll gets deep inside to reveal - for the first time - how ExxonMobil has accrued such power, how it has been maintained, and the true consequences of its global influence.

Coll, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is the author of six other books, including his most recent New York Times bestseller The Bin Ladens and the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller Ghost Wars.

You can view an interview with Steve Coll on his new book here:

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