Saturday, May 12, 2012
PRIVATE EMPIRE by Steve Coll
PRIVATE EMPIRE by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Coll is the full story of this largest of corporations, narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner, whose mellifluous yet authoritative voice is always a pleasure to hear, and ideal for the material. Indeed, performing the audiobook's sometimes Clive Cussleresque passages, Hillgartner is privy to such intrigue here that the TV show "Dallas" looks like a tale of prancing pixies by comparison, with the political scope of the story extending back through generations of presidents, kings, dictators, and despots. The book explores both the history of the oil industry and the secrets behind the scenes of its biggest player, including how the current CEO has come to acknowledge the science behind oil's impact on climate change, and has begun steering the company to a greener future---before it becomes too late.