Top positive review
Must read for anyone interested in the fascinating world of oil
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
Private Empire provides a very interesting view behind the scene of the world's biggest oil company across the decades. It shows the good, the bad and the ugly of the firm and it's leaders against the backdrop of historical events in the (oil) world. Exxon provided and provides great wealth for shareholders, employees and host countries, but also was and partly is silent where host countries commit atrocities, don't respect human rights or misuse the wealth Exxon helps them to extract from oil. The understandable reasoning is that this is not the job of a company. Still, this leads to some bitter outcomes. The book provides for fascinating reading. The only thing missing is a deeper understanding of the motivations of the key players, the CEO's of Exxon. They come off as rather one-dimensional, which may well be true and certainly results from describing the actions of the players through the eyes of an independent observer, but some colour provided by the CEO's would have made the book even more interesting. Still, this is a great book.