A Letter From The Publisher, May 7, 1979

The view from Staff Writer Chris Byron's office window is truly inspiring—if, that is, he happens to be writing about his favorite subject, energy. Byron has an unobstructed vista of the Manhattan headquarters of Exxon Corp., one of the world's richest industrial enterprises and perennial Most Valuable Player in the high-stakes game of international oil, the subject of this week's cover story. With help from Reporter-Researchers Lydia Chavez and Charles Alexander, Byron dissects the maddeningly complex, increasingly contentious process by which oil is discovered, delivered, refined, priced, taxed and, in too many...

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