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 cannot give this book or its narrator enough accolades. it was heartwarming, inspirational and informative. there is some off colour language in this book, which ordinarily would bother me however , it seems somehow in context and appropriate. very hard to explain. I highly recommend this book.
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.
Did like his honesty. He is really a likable chap, just a wee bit confused.
His decision not to play a part that he didn't approve. Love that quality.
Sadly his separation with his wife - he didn't go into much detail there, but from needing 11 years of psychoanalysis makes me think he made the wrong decision.
He has reached 70 years of age and is still searching for a core purpose. But, he can find that if he just cries out to the Lord Jesus. There were many miracles in his life that only God could orchestrate, and He gave Sydney much wisdom in some of the circumstances he encountered. I see God's hand on his life, and I hope that he really turns to Him before he dies.
I loved this book. Mr. Poitier has shown us to be humble and proud of what we each have. To appreciate our world and each other. It is amazing everything he has overcome to be where he is.
Mr. Poitier reading this book made everything as it should be. His story is real and you live it with each word he speaks.
I didn't read the print version.
The well articulated history of the story.
EMOTION! His voice is perfect for reading anyway...in my opinion.
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