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by Sidney Poitier

  • ISBN: 0743208684
  • Category: Arts and Literature
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Sidney Poitier
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (September 4, 2000)
  • Pages: 272
  • ePub book: 1443 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1480 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 412

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The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography is an autobiographical work by Sidney Poitier. On January 26, 2007, Oprah Winfrey chose it for her book club. In this memoir, Poitier, looks back on his celebrated life and career. He explores elements.

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography is an autobiographical work by Sidney Poitier. He explores elements of character and personal values to take his own measure as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. The Measure of a Man - Sidney Poitier. 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. MANY YEARS AGO I wrote a book about my life, which was, necessarily, in large part a book about my life in Hollywood.

Reading The Measure of a Man is somewhat akin to having a worthwhile conversation with a revered older relative . writes with vivid emotion.

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. An affecting new memoir. Dallas Morning News). Having already penned a book about his professsional life, legendary actor Sidney Poitier tackles a greater subject-life itself-with this new spiritual autobiography.

The Measure of a Man book. The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography. 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.

The Measure of a Man. by Sidney Poitier Candid memoirs from teh actor who has starred in more than forty movies, directed nine, and written four. by Sidney Poitier. Poitier invites us to re-examine his work and, through it, our history. New York Times Magazine. Candid memoirs from teh actor who has starred in more than forty movies, directed nine, and written four. Reflective, generous, humane.

Book Summary Sidney Poitier learned when to fight and when to cool it, something many of us never master. 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. The Measure of a Man was chosen for Oprah Winfrey's book club in January 2007. Sidney Poitier learned when to fight and when to cool it, something many of us never master. He developed the knack on a rather fantastic journey that took him from his native Cat Island, a tiny slip of land in the Bahamas, all the way to Hollywood.

THE MEASURE OF A MAN a spiritual autobiography SIDNEY POITIER To my wife, Joanna Shimkus-Poitier, whose love and .

THE MEASURE OF A MAN a spiritual autobiography SIDNEY POITIER To my wife, Joanna Shimkus-Poitier, whose love and support has kept me steady in the wind. The knowledge housed in the mind of my friend Charley Blackwell is awesome, whether it is book-learned, experience-gathered, or simply passed on from ancestors long gone. Hard-fought debates, won and lost, littered the space around our friendship-a reminder that we each tried our utmost to be, for the sake of the other, a worthy opponent. Traces of his life and thought can easily be seen on even the briefest journey across the pages of this book.

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Sidney Poitier wrote The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography because he felt called to write about . How lucky we are as readers to be let into this man's mind, where he tells us of his experiences that shaped him and his character.

Sidney Poitier wrote The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography because he felt called to write about certain values, such as integrity and commitment, faith. Who knew about his upbringing and what he went through to be where he's at today?! I mean wow, I'm just blown away!

six why do white folks love sidney poitier so? NINETEEN SIXTY-EIGHT was a time of incredible conflict and contrast.

You can read book The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier in our library for absolutely free. six why do white folks love sidney poitier so? NINETEEN SIXTY-EIGHT was a time of incredible conflict and contrast. sinated, the year Lyndon Johnson succumbed to the cultural clashes over Vietnam and gave up the presidency, the year of the police riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But for me personally it was also a year of tremendous professional satisfaction.

In this candid memoir, legendary actor Sidney Poitier reveals the spiritual depth, passion and intellectual fervour that has driven his remarkable life. This memoir spans a time in American history from segregation and Civil Rights conflicts to the present day cultural struggles.

Comments

Ballalune Ballalune
Part autobiography and part philosophical treatise, Sidney Poitier appears to use the writing of this book to take stock of his entire life — to understand who he truly is, to evaluate his success as an Academy Award winning actor, to examine his roles as father and human being, and to come to terms with some of the big mysteries of life. It’s eloquently written, intelligent, thoughtful, and subtly encourages the reader toward his or her own self-exploration.

Here were some of the most interesting aspects of the read for me:
* The reflection on Poitier’s origins on a small island in the Bahamas. Both sheltered and protected in a primitive and economically poor environment, he credits the values instilled by hard-working parents and a childhood full of free exploration and requisite risk-taking for establishing his core internal strength.
* Full of imagination and aware of the limitations of life on a small island, Poitier gets shipped off to the U.S. at the age of 15 with little education and virtually no money. How he gets himself from Florida to Georgia to New York City and finally, to earning a regular income is a story of determination anyone would be proud to share.
* Born in 1927, Poitier’s life spans most of the civil rights milestones that define the 20th century in America. And he doesn’t shy away from relaying the blatant and even life-threatening discrimination he experienced. There was also a lot I didn’t know about the myriad ways minority performers were marginalized throughout the entertainment industry.
* Poitier maintained more control over his selection of roles than many of his contemporaries, particularly for an actor of color. And I found it fascinating to learn how he came to the iconic roles he is now so famous for (Think Lilies of the Field, The Defiant Ones, To Sir With Love, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and how he was able to influence these roles to keep then authentic to the African-American experience. Even against criticism from the minority community. In fact, many of his movies reflect the evolving story of racism in America during his lifetime.
* Poitier models a real commitment to introspection. Age 72 when he published this book, he is not simply content to sit back and enjoy his success and family. Instead he appears to have an fiery need to push toward deeper and deeper self-awareness — exposing his internal demons, trying to anchor himself in the cosmos, and struggling to understand the relationship between humanity and nature.

My thoughts are not ALL positive. Taken as a whole, the book doesn’t hang together all that well. Many times it felt much more like a series of discrete chapters in which Poitier shares some of his random thoughts. But, that wasn’t much of a distraction. And at the end of the book, I came away more impressed with Poitier than I began. (I have ALWAYS been a big fan of his performances.) I came away with admiration for him as a human being.
Brol Brol
I've always been a fan of Mr. Poitier and it's interesting to gain his perspective on his upbringing, his learnings as he went along. I have a lot of respect for him, for what he achieved and stood for when it was hard for anyone not white to make a mark in our society. He, along with others like Belafonte in the entertainment industry and Jackie Robinson in sports broke the trail for those who came after. I'm sorry that there is still such a long way to go before we have true equity and fairness and opportunity but the characters Mr. Poitier portrayed and the way he has lived his life provide examples of why we need to keep moving the yardstick and why we can't stop confronting institutional racism in all aspects of our society.
Inerrace Inerrace
I'm a little young for Poitier. Sure I saw some movies but was never a huge fan at the same time always being impressed by how he carries himself. This book fills in many holes. How can a man this elegant and poorly educated be so dignified? Read this interesting story of his beginning and the book is all worth it. But this isn't just autobiographical, this is a man looking back at his life with the wisdom of age and sharing this wisdom. I really enjoyed this book and the brief look at a great career and personal life being the first black movie star growing up in the era of civil rights. Poitier may project a "white Uncle Tom" image but that would be FAR from the truth of this intelligent man. I have since recorded to watch about 4 of his movies including the low budget academy award winner which I truly look forward to seeing.
Ariurin Ariurin
In reading this book by actor Sidney Poitier, I learned a lot about his background, his early childhood and how his experiences of youth affected his adult life. I learned a lot about his film roles and challenges he has faced. At the same time, I felt there was as much not said as said, and the thread of philosophy about his life and life in general was suggested but not followed consistently through the book. It felt unfinished. Maybe he intended it to seem like a draft, since his life isn't over. For me as a reader, it was a bit of a letdown. I do admire him as an actor and have enjoyed many of his films.
Vishura Vishura
I thought this is a good books and asked alot of questions everyone probably should ask one's self to find that morally and spiritual road one travels. How many never ask any and stay lost. C Riley