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Sidney Poitier is one of the most revered actors in the history of Hollywood. He has overcome enormous obstacles in extraordinary times and is a role model for many Americans because of his convictions, bravery, and grace. Poitier reflects on his amazing life in Life Beyond Measure, offering inspirational advice and personal stories in the form of extended letters to his great-granddaughter.

Writing for all who admire his example and who search for wisdom only a man of great experience can offer, this American icon shares his thoughts on love, faith, courage, and the future.

Poitier draws upon the perspective and wisdom gained from his memories as a poor boy in the Bahamas, his experience of racism coming to the United States, falling in love and raising a family, breaking the race barrier in theater and film during the civil rights era, achieving stardom and success in Hollywood, and being a diplomat and humanitarian. He reflects on the deepest questions and the significant passages of his life, the virtues that helped him through tough times, and the sense of purpose and history that strengthened him.

He emphasizes the importance of the role of faith in a technological age, as well as our responsibility to the earth and future generations. Throughout, Poitier shares stories about the people of courage he has met along the way and the meaning of life in the face of death.

Life Beyond Measure, from one of our most respected celebrities and a national treasure, will inspire listeners to live the fullest life with integrity.

©2008 Sidney Poitier; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Blashy
  • Québec, Canada
  • 12-10-09

What a life this man had.

Amazing biography and some morale common sense lessons.

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Like his name this book is uniquely informative

Calming voice ,life lessons in stories thank you and bless you. Cherishable read .Your granddaughter is so lucky to have a living father time with so many rich experiences.

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  • Mark H
  • 09-07-13

Almost a curates egg

I have admired Sidney Poitier's performance in many films and I thought this book would give me an insight into the real man, which it did. The book is constructed around letters that Poitier penned to his great granddaughter, in which he shares his experiences of life and his home grown philosophy. The problem that I had was that I wanted to know more about his experiences of working on his major films and he does not do that. Also, the start of each chapter directly addresses his great-granddaughter in a way that was rather cloying. So, I found the good bits were the very candid biographical nuggets of a man who started out from a very poor situation and who travelled through life with great dignity. However, about half of the book was of less interest, being either Poitier's philosophical views, or sentiments aimed at his great granddaughter. If an editor had extracted biographical information and enhanced it with inputs from other people, about Poitier's life and career, then I think it would make a five star read.

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