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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sidney Poitier Narrator: Sidney Poitier Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9780061374494
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 2007
  • New York Times Bestseller
  • Grammy Award Winner for Best Spoken Word Album
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Grammy

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/7/2014

    " Audio book -- read by Poitier -- what a treat! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 2/2/2014

    " The Measure of a Man is extremely articulate and introspective. This entire memoir centers around Poitier's father's teaching that the true measure of a man is how well he provides for his children. Sidney Poitier reads his own autobiography with his signature eloquent voice. He tells the story of early life on Cat Island in the Bahamas, his journey to the United States, and the arch of his Hollywood career. Most amusing is how Poitier drops in profanity without breaking his sage-like tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Timi Carter | 2/2/2014

    " I respect this man so liked reading the book, but expected it to be better written......... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 2/1/2014

    " A friend recommended this book. I enjoyed it. Sidney Poitier is a remarkable man. Sidney looks back at his life and reflects on the nature of the universe and God. I can't imagine all the adversity that he went though althought he does a good job at walking you through some of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gypsy Novela | 1/19/2014

    " great memoir of an actor fighting poverty ethnic differnce and racism "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina Hoerner | 1/8/2014

    " This is another book I read for book club. It is not a typical autobiography but is instead and introspective look and what and who made Sidney Poitier the man he became. It covers little of his chronological life story and much more about his early years and struggles. It should make for an interesting discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher Clinton | 1/3/2014

    " Sidney Poitier. The man came from humble beginnings and has gone to the precipice of domestic and international acclaim. Truly one to admire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dottie | 12/13/2013

    " Sidney Poitier is a great actor and what a life he lived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donnilyn | 12/9/2013

    " Interesting man. He was not caught up in the Hollywood hype and determined early on only to participate in quality projects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Bryant | 12/7/2013

    " Fantastic book! Good read:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 12/5/2013

    " A bit of memoir and lots of insight from this wise man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mohawkgrl | 3/28/2013

    " I have always loved Sidney Poitier; one of my favorite actors of all time. This second autobiography, told me why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Prost | 1/25/2013

    " I usally don't read lots of biographies or autobiographies but this one was very interesting. Poitier is a very resilent individual. We need more people like him in America! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kia Henderson | 11/26/2012

    " I love this book. One of my favorites "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 6/7/2012

    " Interesting, but slightly preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Duran | 1/31/2012

    " Sidney Poitier has long been one of my favorite actors, he's so handsome. I enjoyed reading about his childhood in the Bahamas & moving to the States. He has a solid, realistic view of life that I admire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dominique | 1/19/2012

    " Totally enjoyed enjoyed this book. It made me think, laugh, cry, and more. Highly recommend! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melika | 1/16/2012

    " It is great how he talked about life experiences from whence he came. He has endured much and is a great man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 11/18/2011

    " Amazing man. What dignity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey Miller | 5/29/2011

    " Good book. Worthwhile read. Sidney Portier is very self aware and wise. His writing is very insightful and grounded. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/9/2011

    " Thoughtful and moving, a spiritual autobiography of a lovely human being "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steffany | 4/18/2011

    " Great book, every father should read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 3/13/2011

    " Couldn't finish it, actually - didn't even get very far into it.

    It felt like rambling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patmcclain | 3/11/2011

    " Interesting about his upbringing and am glad that he has an appreciation for the important things in life. I lost patience with the last chapter, however, where he gets more mystical than I was in the mood for. Enjoyed learning about the racism he encountered when coming to the US in 1943. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brixton | 3/10/2011

    " Yeah, I think we could hang out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M.C. | 3/8/2011

    " Good but unresolved in many instances of his experiences...need to know more (my fault for not reading his Hollywood biography, perhaps). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aeros | 3/6/2011

    " A must read for ALL African-American men. This icon's story should resonate will any man of color who grew up in the U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 2/10/2011

    " I actually listened to this book on tape and heard Sidney Poitier's voice - it was funny and serious. It was shocking to hear him use four letter words. : ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ati | 2/7/2011

    " My husband and I loved this great work of Sidney Poitier... Masterpiece. "

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About the Author
Author 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.