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The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography | [Sidney Poitier]

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

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.
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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.

Actor and icon: listen to more about Sidney 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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    Jill Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-02-10
    Jill Ocean Shores, WA, United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful!"

    Content was just as I expected-well stated, honest and forthright. The whole book was made even better by the fact it was read by the author! Thank you, Mr. Poitier!

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    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 01-30-10
    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 01-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!"

    This is one of the most moving stories that I have ever listened to. Poitier's character is what I would want in a husband or a son. If you are raising a boy, read this book. If you are finding a spouse, read this book. If you want a clear definition of what a good man is, read this book. If you are an educator, as I am, read this book and mention it to your students.

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    Janet Kalamazoo, MI, United States 05-05-08
    Janet Kalamazoo, MI, United States 05-05-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Mr. Poitier"

    Mr. Poitier is someone I've always admired. This incredible story, his story, is beautifully written and read by the author. It's a wonderful "listen".

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    Charlie glendale heights, IL, USA 07-10-07
    Charlie glendale heights, IL, USA 07-10-07
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    "From Rags to Riches"

    Yeah, it sounds cheesy, but this is a real epic book taking you on a journey in a man's life from being poor to a star. This is a fantastic book, definitely worth getting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    valueshopper PA 06-24-07
    valueshopper PA 06-24-07 Listener Since 2007

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    Honest and wise with a touch of humor, Poiter's memoir is engaging. I wanted to know more about Poiter the person aside from his career. Born in the 70's, Poiter's story motivates me check out his work to better understand his insights. Overall I would recommend it.

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    Monjori woodhaven, NY, USA 06-13-08
    Monjori woodhaven, NY, USA 06-13-08
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    in the beginning it was sort of inetersting but eventually I lost track of it. As an autobiography I will say this is an average one.

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    Ramin Berlin, N/A, Germany 04-07-07
    Ramin Berlin, N/A, Germany 04-07-07
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    "disappointing"

    if you're a disney portier fan this might be a great listening. if you're not, it's just plain boring. i stopped listening after the first hour, it just wasn't interesting.

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