‘Private Empire’: A Look Inside ExxonMobil
Steve Coll has traveled the world reporting on nuclear weapons, the CIA, and terrorists in the Middle East. But the New Yorker reporter may have found his biggest reporting challenge yet right here in Texas.
In his new book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, Coll takes a close look at how the oil giant has become one of the most powerful organizations in the world. KUT’s Terrence Henry spoke to Coll for StateImpact Texas about the secretive company and what drew it to move to Texas.
It really reinforced their don’t-mess-with-us kind of attitude. They were, in the post-Cold War world, more and more identifying with suspicion of government that was rising in the United States. Their executives were almost uniformly from a very strong free-market, anti-government perspective.