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The Measure of a Man Audiobook

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

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Publisher's Summary

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self-worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.

Here is Poitier's own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, price and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man in the face of limits - his own and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.

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©2000 Sidney Poitier; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Oprah's Book Club Selection
  • Audio Publishers Association 2001 Award Winner, Nonfiction, Unabridged
  • Grammy Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2001

"Moving...Poitier writes with vivid emotion about [past] clashes and brings them blazingly alive." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Ann Staunton, VA, USA 03-08-07
    Ann Staunton, VA, USA 03-08-07
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    "Mixed Feelings"

    I was torn between really liking this and not really liking this recording. I loved that the author narrated it himself, that was wonderful. I just couldn't decide if the author had something significant to say about the Measure of a Man or whether he was simply writing a book to talk about himself or to be heard on certain topics. I would not recommend this book to anyone however I can't say it's a bad book either.
    If you know all of his work you probably will enjoy the chapters he talks specifically about how the movie came to be and how he got the part in it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl LangwarrinAustralia 10-17-08
    Cheryl LangwarrinAustralia 10-17-08
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    "the most beautiful man"

    Everyone, do yourself a favour and download this beautiful book. It is such a treasure to listen to, i just loved every second of it. I loved it so much that i have bought the hard copy to read again at pleasure. Cheryl

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 08-08-07
    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 08-08-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book on an admired actor"

    I remember as a kid thinking that the movie "To Sir with Love" was a great movie. This book was a short review of his life and a great reflection on his childhood and his parents. I am not much of a movie buff and generally do not even know actors names, however, Sidney Poitier has always drawn some admiration. I would recommend this book for anyone that is a fan or anyone looking for a good short read to reflect on a "simpler" time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gale 04-19-07
    Gale 04-19-07 Member Since 2004
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    "So satisfying"

    Plenty of insider experiences vault this life story over more hurdles than most Hollywood stars face on or off the screen. Sidney Poitier's childhood and early life would make a decent movie but even Superman as director couldn't reveal the steel in this man's soul. Poitier's rich voice delivers one of the best autobiographies to come along in ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alphonse Potomac, MD, USA 04-17-07
    Alphonse Potomac, MD, USA 04-17-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Wonderful Memoirs"

    This book provides wonderful insights into the thoughts and personality of Sidney Poitier and I think is significantly enhanced by the fact that it is read by him. The book also works as a contrast in his impoverished up-bringing on Cat island and the difficulties he faces in moving to the US.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Moscow, PA, USA 03-03-07
    Regina Moscow, PA, USA 03-03-07
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    "The Measure of A Man"

    This is a magnificient format to enjoy this book. The wonderful story-telling of Sidney Poitier along with his distinctive voice captures your attention like you're sitting with a wise friend and hearing his compelling stories of the past. It's inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiera Wright 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up The Measure of a Man in three words, what would they be?

    This book was an amazingly told story of Sidney Poitier and his life. It discusses his challenges and triumphs. Very encouraging and motivational to be the better version of you! To break barriers and be more than average.


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    Thomas Johnson Baltimore, Maryland USA 08-02-16
    Thomas Johnson Baltimore, Maryland USA 08-02-16 Member Since 2010

    Professional Nurse love to cook Democratic and conservative.

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    Sydney is great. i wish he read more books. Great actor self taught insprational book

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    Kevin 06-30-16
    Kevin 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    Great audiobook....Sidney Poitier's distinct voice is like a powerful drug enticing you to hang on every beautiful word!

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    LTS-love to shop 04-11-16
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Measure of a Man to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because it was read by the Sidney himself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sidney if course, it is an autobiography!


    Which character – as performed by Sidney Poitier – was your favorite?

    Sidney


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes the book left me with a sense if profoundness. I think every man of african decent in america should read of listen to this book.


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