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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 the contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in selfquestioning. 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."

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 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 selfworth 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 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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One of the most captivating and influential actors in Hollywood writes not just about his life but about life itself--about the virtues of simplicity, about the importance of parenting, about values such as artistic integrity, faith, and courage, and about the difference between "amusing ourselves to death" and finding true joy. of photos. Ties in with a PBS documentary about Poitier.

Synopsis:

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon, whose body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, looks back on his celebrated life and career, exploring elements of character and personal values to take his own measureQas a man, as a husband and father, and as an actor. of photos.

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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preetika, July 6, 2009 (view all comments by preetika)
This book is not only great, but tremendous in the impact it had on me....spiritually and practically it shows the path to leading a good life tied by strong values and ethics
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062516077
Subtitle:
A Spiritual Autobiography
Author:
Poitier, Sidney
Publisher:
HarperOne
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Actors
Subject:
Poitier, sidney, 1927-
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20000405
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.66x6.42x1.05 in. 1.29 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages HarperOne - English 9780062516077 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , One of the most captivating and influential actors in Hollywood writes not just about his life but about life itself--about the virtues of simplicity, about the importance of parenting, about values such as artistic integrity, faith, and courage, and about the difference between "amusing ourselves to death" and finding true joy. of photos. Ties in with a PBS documentary about Poitier.
"Synopsis" by , In this luminous memoir, a true American icon, whose body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, looks back on his celebrated life and career, exploring elements of character and personal values to take his own measureQas a man, as a husband and father, and as an actor. of photos.
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