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Winner of a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, Steve Coll has been managing editor of The Washington Post since 1998 and covered Afghanistan as the Post's South Asia bureau chief between 1989 and 1992. Coll is the author of four books, He lives with his wife and three children in show more Maryland show less

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The Best Business Writing 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 14 copies

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Make no mistake, this book is not a small undertaking. The density of information, whilst impressive, is tiring. I found it best to read in chunks, between other books. Fortunately, each chapter stands alone rather well, whilst still bringing the complex threads of the ExxonMobil (post Exxon Valdez) story together in a cogent manner. It took a while to read through it in this way, but I don't think the experience suffered for it.

Steve Coll brings a very high level of journalistic expertise to the table and it shows. This book is astonishingly well researched, pretty much every assertion made is backed up with citations from sources such as interviews carried out specifically for this book, FOIA requests and Wikileaks cables. Coll maintains a relatively objective voice throughout as well, something I wasn't expecting so much. I was anticipating something rather more overtly damning than is presented, though there can be no doubt as to the conclusions Coll expects you to draw, both in relation to 'Big Oil' generally and ExxonValdez in particular. This book is a fascinating insight into that world and it's machinations. Recommended for those with the interest and patience to stick it out.… (more)
 
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laurence_gb | 7 other reviews | Jul 30, 2023 |
Heavy in details of all the political incompetence, unavoidable errors, and easy-to-make mistakes that compounded in the lead up to 9/11. The similarities to what Afghanistan looks like now and the public facing policy of the current POTUS administration makes it all feel so much worse.Â

Also a really good portrayal of Massoud, but definitely biased in his favor. Author has a noticeable soft spot for the CIA.
 
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aepCaomhan | 31 other reviews | Jul 20, 2023 |
excellent student reviews (best book I ever read)
 
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