D D Guttenplan

Oil & Trouble

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

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Back in the days when the Lone Star Cafe – which despite its Frenchified name was actually a transplanted Texas road house – adorned the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, a huge motto, emblazoned just below the giant iguana that squatted on the roof, proclaimed ‘Too Much Ain’t Enough’. Which fairly sums up this reader’s response to Steve Coll’s anatomy of the oil giant ExxonMobil.

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