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Fortune Magazine Feature published July 24 2006 issue

Posted August 2 2006: 2:13 PM EDT

(Fortune Magazine)

1. Exxon Mobil

Book: The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous World, by Paul Roberts. Are Exxon’s days numbered?


2. Wal-Mart

Book: The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World’s Most Powerful Company Really Works–and How It’s Transforming the American Economy, by Charles Fishman. It’s not just a business anymore.


3. Royal Dutch Shell

Book: A Century in Oil: The Shell Transport and Trading Company 1897–1997, by Stephen Howarth. An authorized history of the Anglo-Dutch giant.


4. BP

Book: Oil Titans, by Valerie Marcel. With contributions by former BP advisor John V. Mitchell.


5. General Motors

Book: Billy, Alfred, and General Motors: The Story of Two Unique Men, a Legendary Company, and a Remarkable Time in American History, by William Pelfrey. A biography of the company’s two giants.

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