Elisabeth Sifton

(Carnegie Council Trustee, 2007-Present)

Elisabeth Sifton


Elisabeth Sifton is an author and editor and the former senior vice president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Sifton became an editor at The Viking Press in 1968 and was named its editor-in-chief in 1980. In 1983, she became publisher of Elisabeth Sifton Books and vice president of Viking Penguin. From 1987 to 1992, Sifton was executive vice president of Alfred A. Knopf. She joined Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1993.

Sifton is the author of The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War and, co-authored with Fritz Stern, No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State.

Sifton is  a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Harvard University Press Board of Directors, and the Freedom to Read Committee of the Association of American Publishers. She has also served on the board of directors of Union Theological Seminary and the French-American Foundation, and the board of advisers to the Beacon Press.

Selected Publications:

The Serenity Prayer: Faith and Politics in Times of Peace and War (2003)

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2014

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