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The Measure Of A Man by Sidney Poitier
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Aug 30, 2009

bookshelves: 2009-audio-books, 2009-nonfiction
Read in August, 2009

The Measure of a Man: A spiritual Autobiography, by Sidney Poitier, narrated by the author, produced by Harper Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This was a book full of ruminations about Poitier’s life and the effect various experiences had upon him. To hear it read by Poitier himself is a treat not to be forgotten. It was like having a conversation with him in the living room. Even if readers read it in print or kindle or whatever, the audio version is well worth purchasing and listening to. I think of it as a piece of history. Sidney Poitier here
explores the 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. 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. 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.

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