NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When most of us pick our summer reading lists, we choose light reads -- books that are entertaining enough for a long car ride but aren't so dense they keep us from popping our head up to look at the ocean every once in a while.
Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO Lloyd Blankfein approaches his summer list somewhat differently. He is an avid history reader, though many of his picks focus on technology and innovation. Hardly surprising, considering this year's shareholder meeting was held in San Francisco, an area which he says is "a major -- not the only one -- but a major locus of technology and innovation."
In a podcast interview with Jack Siewert, Goldman Sachs' global head of corporate communications, Blankfein listes his top reads for the summer. No pressure if you can't make it through the list -- Blankfein admits that even he doesn't always make it through his list, and he has been working on one of the books for 18 years.
Among the books Blankfein discussed was this one, released in May and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough. The book recounts the stories of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who flew the world's first motor-powered airplane in 1903, as they taught themselves flight theory through correspondence with the Smithsonian, then "repeatedly risked life and limb in pursuit of their goal -- including when Orville fractured a leg and four ribs in a 75-foot plunge to the ground," according to Amazon.