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.
Adrian Zackheim joined Penguin Group in September 2001 as Publisher of Portfolio. He then took on the additional challenge of starting Sentinel in April 2003. In 2018, he announced the addition of another new imprint to the group: The Optimism Press, in collaboration with Simon Sinek.
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 School and Library Publicity Assistant at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, which was then a privately held small publishing company. He later moved to Putnam’s Editorial department under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Phyllis Grann.
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 has also published many prominent conservatives, including Newt Gingrich, Ross Perot, Bob Dole, Margaret Thatcher, Donald Rumsfeld, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Ann Coulter.
Vice President, Deputy Publisher, and Marketing Director
Will Weisser joined Portfolio in 2002, before the imprint’s first book was published, and was part of the team that founded Sentinel in 2003. As Deputy Publisher and Marketing Director he is deeply involved in all aspects of the publication process, from acquisition to packaging to the development and execution of marketing plans. He began his career at Simon & Schuster, then held various publicity and marketing positions at Pocket Books, Grove/Atlantic, Times Books, and Crown Business. Among the bestselling authors he worked with before joining Portfolio are Larry Bossidy, Michael Hammer, Marlin Fitzwater, and P.J. O’Rourke.
Bria Sandford joined Sentinel in 2012. Fascinated by shifting political coalitions, she is drawn to counterintuitive takedowns of conventional wisdom. She enjoys editing a wide range of idea-driven nonfiction, with a focus on history, sociology, economics, and good old-fashioned polemic. Her bestselling and critically acclaimed authors include Brian Kilmeade, Rod Dreher, Reihan Salam, Ken Starr, and Senator Mike Lee. She tweets at @blsandford.
Helen Healey joined Sentinel in 2017 as an editorial assistant. She aims to discover fresh voices who no longer fit the traditional conservative mold, but who have redefined the right altogether. She enjoys editing controversial and counterintuitive critiques of democracy, capitalism, feminism, and solutions to poverty. Recently, she acquired books by Allie Beth Stuckey and Dave Rubin, which will be published in 2020.