The Measure Of A Man

The Measure Of A Man

Audiobook CD - 2000
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"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I've suddenly come up with the answers to all life's questions. Quite that contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in self-questing. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I've done at measuring up to the values I myself have set."
--Sidney Poitier

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. "In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what's coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma's voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters...and that's it." 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 to 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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Audio, p2000.
ISBN: 9780061355431
0061355437
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hrs.) : digital.

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volley13 May 25, 2018

If you read (listen to) one book this month, this year.... this is the book!! I was finding reasons to get in my car and drive so I could continue to listen to his story. He is truly an amazing man, and who's life journey is inspirational to everyone. I know it was for me. Through out his life he continued to hold strong to his beliefs and he never wavered once. What makes this audio even better is that we were listening to his voice as he told his story. Make this a top choice to read. You won't regret it

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sweetonxoxos
Dec 13, 2015

I could not put pull myself away from this audio cd... Sydney talks intimately about experiences, thoughts and feelings that come straight from his gut, from the time he was a boy to where he is at today... If you are a fan, of Sidney, this is an excellent audio cd!!...

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