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.
©2000 Sidney Poitier; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers
"Moving...Poitier writes with vivid emotion about [past] clashes and brings them blazingly alive." (The New York Times Book Review)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.
First, his voice is amazing! The tell of his youth and the struggles to build him into the man he became is amazing. As others stated, it seemed he rambled on and on diminishing the value of the point. There were times when I kept checking how much was left of the book. Overall, the book is very good and I rated it 4 stars but if 3.5 were available that is my selection. I wanted to learn about a man who had tremendous impact on the culture and history of this nation which is why I listened to the book. Additionally, it was recommended as a must listen. I wouldn't say it is a must listen but it is worth listening to at least once. I wouldn't listen to it a second time and would recommend it as a listen for those who enjoy learning about successful people who paved the path in history.
I liked the first part best when he was telling stories of his life. I didn't like the latter part so much when he was "lecturing" about morals, etc. I felt he adequately made his point with the stories of his life, the rest I felt was filler.
Yes, I originally wanted to purchase the book about his learning to read.
He has an amazing voice and presence and it think books are always better served, when read by their authors.
Mr. Poitier lived an exceptional life, and I really enjoyed learning more about it.
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