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The Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man

Written by Sidney Poitier

Narrated by Sidney Poitier


The Measure of a Man

Written by Sidney Poitier

Narrated by Sidney Poitier

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4/5 (54 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jan 26, 2007
ISBN:
9780061374494
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.  His body of work is arguable 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.  Here, Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure - as a man, as a husband, and father, and as an actor.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. 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, finally, is Poitier's own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man seeking truth, passion, and balance 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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jan 26, 2007
ISBN:
9780061374494
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to win the Academy Award for best actor for his outstanding performance in Lilies of the Field in 1963. His landmark films include The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and To Sir, With Love. He has starred in over forty films, directed nine, and written four. He is the author of two autobiographies: This Life and the "Oprah's Book Club" pick and New York Times bestseller The Measure of a Man. Among many other accolades, Poitier has been awarded the Screen Actors Guild's highest honor, the Life Achievement Award, for an outstanding career and humanitarian accomplishment. He is married, has six daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.



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  • (5/5)
    I've always loved to hear him speak !!! This was more than I thought it was going to be. He spoke about his childhood, beginning, acting, civil rights, and family. While he included incidents of being in black, during his rise to fame, it's unbelievable how this is still going on in 2022.

    RIP Mr. Poitier
  • (3/5)
    I was bored most of the way through the book. At times I kept falling asleep. It would of been nice if the author added more of his thoughts of the films he had made.
  • (5/5)
    Excelente libro acompañado en primera voz por su autor. es honesto, directo, sincero, sus memorias en el contexto histórico, son un verdadero tesoro.
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    Loads of life lessons to learn!!
    Am grateful to listen.

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  • (5/5)

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    this was a very good book...he is brutally honest...but also eloquent! Great Read!

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    1 person found this helpful

    Having Sidney Poitier read his own book made me feel like he was keeping me company during my drive while he told me his life story. What an amazing storyteller!

    1 person found this helpful