Sentinel was established in 2003 as a dedicated conservative imprint within Penguin Group. It publishes a wide variety of right-of-center books on subjects like politics, history, public policy, culture, religion, and international relations. The name Sentinel symbolizes a tough-minded defense of America’s fundamental values and national interests.
Some of Sentinel’s most noteworthy bestsellers include Do the Right Thing and A Simple Christmas by Mike Huckabee; A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen; An American Son by Senator Marco Rubio; Unintimidated by Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin; The Secret Knowledge by David Mamet; Keeping the Republic by Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana; Roger Ailes: Off Camera by Zev Chafets; The Tyranny of Clichés by Jonah Goldberg; and George Washington’s Secret Six by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger – a runaway New York Times bestseller for more than three months.
Founder, President, and Publisher
Adrian Zackheim joined Penguin Group in September 2001 as Publisher of Portfolio. He then took on the additional challenges of starting Sentinel in April 2003 and Current in March 2010. Previously, he was the Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperInformation, a division of HarperCollins that included HarperBusiness. His editorial career has also included positions at William Morrow, Doubleday, and St. Martin’s Press, and his first job was as Phyllis Grann’s editorial assistant at Putnam.
Among the many bestselling books he edited and published before joining Penguin Group were Good to Great by Jim Collins; Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine; The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams; The HP Way by David Packard; and Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay. He also has a long track record of publishing books by important conservative leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich, and Bob Dole.
Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Marketing Director
Will Weisser joined Portfolio as Marketing Director in 2002, before the imprint’s first book was published. In his current role as VP, Associate Publisher, and Marketing Director for Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current, he is deeply involved in all aspects of the publication process, from acquisition to packaging to budgeting. He also oversees the combined marketing and publicity department that serves all three imprints. He began his career as an intern at Simon & Schuster, and went on to various publicity and marketing positions at Pocket Books, Grove/Atlantic, Times Books, and Crown Business. Among the many prominent authors he worked with before joining Penguin Group were Larry Bossidy, Michael Hammer, Marlin Fitzwater, Juan Enriquez, and P.J. O’Rourke.
Niki Papadopoulos joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011 as a Senior Editor. She edits a wide range of idea-driven nonfiction, narrative, biography, memoir, investigative journalism, and prescriptive books for readers of business, science, economics, and conservative politics. Her list includes Nick Bilton’s Hatching Twitter, a deeply researched account of the company’s founding; Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock, an exploration of how technology manipulates the human sense of time; Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception; Senator Marco Rubio’s memoir An American Son, which spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; and Ryan Holiday’s national bestseller Trust Me, I’m Lying, which examines how marketers manipulate the media. She also was the acquiring editor of Morrissey’s Autobiography, as part of a unique collaboration between G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Portfolio, and Penguin Classics.
Before joining Portfolio, she was an editor at McGraw-Hill and an associate editor at PublicAffairs. Her past lists have included marketing guru Dave Kerpen’s New York Times bestseller Likeable Social Media; media scholar Evgeny Morozov’s The Net Delusion, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of The Kennedy School of Government’s Goldsmith Book Prize; and Frank Partnoy’s The Match King, a finalist for the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award.
Maria Gagliano began her career at Random House and joined Penguin Group in 2006 as an editor for the Perigee and Prentice Hall Press imprints. She then joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current as a Senior Editor in 2012. She has helped launch the careers of several first-time authors in business and other categories. Her notable titles include The Art of Non-Conformity by New York Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau; The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman; Leaders Eat Last by TED phenomenon Simon Sinek; and How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Dilbert creator Scott Adams.
Maria is also the co-founder and Business Director of Slice, a nonprofit literary organization launched in 2007 to help bridge the gap between emerging writers and the publishing world. Slice publishes a literary magazine and hosts an annual writers’ conference that brings together more than 200 writers, editors, and agents.
Emily Angell joined Portfolio as an intern during the summer of 2008 and again during the fall of 2009. She became an Editorial Assistant in December 2009 and was promoted to Assistant Editor of Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011; to Associate Editor in 2012; and to Editor in 2013. She has edited the New York Times bestsellers Tap Dancing to Work by Carol Loomis and The Sports Gene by David Epstein, and made major contributions to New York Times bestsellers such as Idea Man by Paul Allen, The Secret Knowledge by David Mamet, Car Guys vs. Bean Counters by Bob Lutz, and Taking People With You by David Novak. She also works with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Erin Arvedlund (Open Secret), Ian Bremmer (Every Nation For Itself), Harry Dent (The Demographic Cliff), Kate Kelly (The Secret Club That Runs The World), and Dan Roam (Show and Tell).
Natalie Horbachevsky joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current in 2011, after working as an assistant at a boutique literary agency. She was promoted to Assistant Editor in 2012 and Associate Editor in 2013. She primarily edits business books on a wide variety of topics, including marketing, sales, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, workplace culture, and technology. Her books include New York Times bestseller Earn the Right to Win by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin; New York Times bestseller SmartTribes by Christine Comaford; 800-CEO-READ Management Book of the Year Joy, Inc. by Richard Sheridan; the biography Jony Ive by Leander Kahney; and Finish Big by journalist Bo Burlingham.
Last Friday The Los Angeles Times ran a glowing review of Steven Pressfield’s The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War, calling the book “[a] deeply reported and compellingly told ‘hybrid history’ of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.”Read more >
Steven Pressfield’s The Lion’s Gate, about the Six-Day War in Israel, received an excellent review in the May 16 edition of the Wall Street Journal: “[F]ew histories of this critical war peel back the layers of elation and tension running through the six days of battle like ‘The Lion’s Gate.’”Read more >
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, author of Unintimidated (Sentinel, 11/19/13), is also on the TIME 100 list. Gov. Chris Christie writes: “Leadership takes many forms in public office. One of the most difficult challenges is standing up for what you believe in when faced with relentless public attacks. Scott Walker faced that test and passed it with flying colors.”Read more >