The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier audiobook

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

By Sidney Poitier
Read by Sidney Poitier

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8.00 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 2007

A USA Today bestseller

Winner of the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Reflective, generous, humane…moving…[Poitier] writes with vivid emotion.” New York Times Book Review
“Reading The Measure of a Man is somewhat akin to having a worthwhile conversation with a revered older relative; he doesn’t always tell you what you want to hear, but you appreciate it just the same.” Washington Post
“With the unwavering sense of dignity and worth…this man’s authenticity is earned by the life he describes.” Los Angeles Times
“Revealing…Poitier invites us to reexamine his work and. through it, our history.” New York Times Magazine
“Candid memoirs from the actor who has starred in more than forty movies, directed nine, and written four.” USA Today
“An affecting new memoir.” Dallas Morning News
“In this powerful book, [Poitier] shares his touchsotnes with us and makes us question what foundations guide our own lives.” Ebony

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Author

Author Bio: Sidney Poitier

Author Bio: Sidney Poitier

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 40 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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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English