At Ten Miles Square today, Georgetown University’s Paul Pillar reviews Steve Coll’s new book, Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, a major study of the quintessential modern multinational corporation and its interaction with the United States government and national interests at home and abroad.

Coll’s book deploys classic old-school reporting to deal with a highly complex new type of corporation operating in a volatile and politically sensitive global energy market where its interests and that of usually-friendly U.S. diplomats sometimes overlap, but sometimes collide. Pillar provides a thorough tour of Coll’s investigations and findings, including those touching on ExxonMobil’s responsibility for the birth and growth of the now-rampant climate change denial industry. It’s a strong review of an important book. Check it out.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.