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    A peek on Oil & Gas Industry

    On the upside, the book possesses the power to change your views about Oil & Gas industry radically. And will help you to understand and analyse news and reports (Oil & Gas) coming into the market in a different angle. The money paid for the book is thus effectively justified. The book is thus a recommended read for anyone who is interested in the Oil & Gas Industry and its escapades. It is also recommended for management professionals (particularly Oil & Gas related industries), share market professionals (mainly US), political & economical analysts, reporters and those who want to enter Oil & Gas related jobs. On the downside, there are few things. 1) The title of the book gives the ambiguity that, the book is about the villainous nature of practices followed by Exxon Mobil management. However, it is seen that the author knowingly or unknowingly glorifying the actions taken by the company. And this is done to such an extent that, for a pro- Oil & Gas industry reader, many practices by the Exxon Mobil management will be felt as classic text book examples on dealing business situations. 2) The book is not a pleasant read. While some chapters make us to read in a single stretch, majority of chapters are sometimes felt dragging (may be the author was trying to show his professional capacity in researching the facts). 3) Sometimes it is felt that instead of the current title, the author should have given the title as “Before and after Lee Raymond in Exxon Mobil” 4) The book lacks photographs of major characters. I am giving the rating as 3/5 as there is no provision to give 3.5/5.
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    Good but over long

    It covers about 20 years in the life of Exxon Mobil, ending in 2011 and was not quite what I had hoped it to be. Whilst not at all bad, with some interesting details her and there, it is rather repetitive, in the sense that once you have read what goes on in one dodgy overseas territory much the same applies to every other dodgy place where Exxon operates. If anything, the book tends to suggest that the all mighty Exxon corporation is not quite as mighty as the public has been led to believe. It also helps to balance out some of the criticisms that have been thrown at Exxon for operating in many of the despotic countries around the world. However, all of this could have been achieved within a much shorter book which would have been all the better for avoiding a lot of the padding that weighs it down for much of the time. I'm glad I read it, but would hardly recommend it to a general reader, unless there is some special interest in wanting to know specifically about the management style of Exxon Mobil.
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