Winthrop H. Smith Jr.’s History of Merrill Lynch — Catching Lightning in a Bottle — Picked up by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



Candice White
Sugarbush Resort

Win Smith, Jr.’s History of Merrill Lynch — Catching Lightning in a Bottle — Picked up by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Warren, VT (May 20, 2014)—John Wiley & Sons, Inc., a global book publisher and education company whose roster of authors includes more than 450 Nobel laureates, has announced that it will take over the publishing and book sales of Win Smith, Jr.’s book Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World.

Smith originally released the book on December 5, 2013, the fifth anniversary of Merrill Lynch & Co’s final shareholder meeting before its acquisition by Bank of America and just before the 100th anniversary of Merrill Lynch’s founding by Charlie Merrill on January 6,1914.

Smith’s book is both a history of the company and a personal tale, as Smith’s father, Win Smith, was a founding partner and instrumental along with Charlie Merrill of bringing Wall Street to Main Street in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Merrill and Smith developed a set of values and principles that created a unique corporate culture that came to be known as “Mother Merrill.” Win Smith, Jr. followed his father’s legacy and enjoyed a successful 28 year career at the company. During that time, the younger Smith would become the youngest Executive Vice President in the history of Merrill Lynch. For the final 10 years of his career he served as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International and a member of Merrill Lynch & Co’s Executive Committee.

Smith is now the majority owner and President of Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, a ski resort founded in 1958 whose high-society New York City clientele had once earned it the nickname “Mascara Mountain” He also serves on the Boards of four financial in the United States and Canada.

Smith’s book has captured wide attention, both locally and nationally. Smith has been interviewed on numerous radio and television stations, including CNBC, Fox Business News, Bloomberg radio and TV and Vermont Public Radio. Smith has also been invited to speak at more than a dozen Merrill Lynch meetings around the country. Since December, more than 11,000 copies of the book have been sold.

Catching Lightning in a Bottle was originally self-published by Smith, and initially sold on A limited number of first edition books are available for sale via the website, the Warren Store and the Adventure Gear Store at Sugarbush Resort (Warren, VT) and The Tempest Bookstore (Waitsfield, VT). In mid-July, Wiley will begin offering the book through multiple channels. Preorders are available on for release in September 2014.