Publishing: The Mobil Man Tells His Tale

The Mobil Man Tells His Tale

"I am an American," former Mobil President William P. Tavoulareas declares in his new book, Fighting Back, as he partakes of an old American pastime, attacking enemies in print. Fighting Back, to be published by Simon & Schuster in February, is a stinging critique of the Washington Post, which in 1979 published articles accusing Tavoulareas of using Mobil funds to help set up his son Peter in the shipping business. Tavoulareas sued the paper for libel and won a $2.1 million jury judgment. The ruling was later reversed and then reinstated. That decision was put aside when the U.S. Court of...

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