Private Empire documents one entity’s harassment of environmental scientists; dabbling in random, remote wars; and keeping its secrets out of sight of Congress. A rogue spy agency, you ask? Nope. It’s Exxon Mobil, one of the biggest oil companies in existence. Digging into everything from the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy, investigative journalist Steve Coll reports the inner workings of the sketchy behemoth. Make sure you buy a desert island along with this book — it clocks in at 685 pages.
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