Book Reviews of The Measure of a Man

The Measure of a Man
The Measure of a Man
Author: Sidney Poitier
ISBN-13: 9780061357909
ISBN-10: 0061357901
Publication Date: 1/2007
Pages: 255
Rating:
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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3.3 stars, based on 160 ratings
Publisher: Harper San Francisco
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Sidney begins the book by stating that he wanted to write not really about HIS life but about LIFE.

He goes on to describe his life growing up and through adulthood. He delves into his theories on life, spirituality, what makes the measure of a man, his parents ...and has he lived up to being the man he wants to be.

I thought it was captivating and interesting!
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A great book; not your typical memoir. Sidney Poitier takes you through his spiritual growth, starting from his childhood. This book will make you rethink how you raise your kids and how you spend your time. He cuts away all the frivolous stuff we think is so "necessary" today and brings us back to something more basic, more authentic. A great read for anyone!
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What a remarkable man to have risen above the simple upbringing. His sense of dignity was evident throughout the book.
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Interesting especially on his early years. Not the most well written, but I did make it through. Wish we knew a little more about him and a little less than what he thought.
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Love this book! What a fascinating life he has led.
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Helpful Score: 1
An inspirational man. A true role model for anyone of any race.

Donna V.
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Interesting style. Titled with 'a spiritual autobiography' I expected more religious reflections. It was more of a moral perspective than religious. I was impressed how he handled telling about the racism he faced without ranting or filling the pages with bitterness. I knew nothing of his background but have admired him as an actor. This autobiography really shows a full lifetime and a journey that not many could have made.
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Very insightful. Mr. Poitier is a wise man and he shares said wisdom in this book.
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I have so much respect for Sidney Poitier. It was interesting learning more about him, and to gain from the wisdom he's acquired over the years. He has a lot of wisdom...
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Couldn't make it through this one... maybe you can!
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Story of a simple, humble man that achieved great things in his chosen field. Even thought the public may have a certain image of him, he considers himself a flawed person that continues to learn lessons throughout his life, with his biggest goal to be as successful in life as his parents.
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I love this man, very philosophical book about his life growing up and what he has become and the people who shaped him.
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Interesting life experiences
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Sidney Poitier tells life stories, lessons learned, family happenings, etc. Interesting to learn how he grew up, challenges he faced, progress he made. Good read or in my case good listen.
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I really enjoyed listening to this autobiography read by SP himself. He is very candid about his upbringing, two marriages, difficulties with children and the pressure of being an African American actor at a time when Hollywood had difficulty accepting him. Highly recommended!
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A remarkable man, and a highly enjoyable autobiography.
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Quite wonderful portrayal of Poitier's childhold and finding himself
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Tells the life of Mr Poitier from a baby. Good reading for a Sunday afternoon.
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An enjoyable read..thoughtful and positive
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I just finished listening to Sidney Poitier's The Measure of a Man, and I have to tell you what a joy it was listening to that man. I really enjoyed him. I got such a kick out of the way he kept saying "guy" instead of man. I don't know why. This book is labeled a "spiritual autobiography" and it's easy to see why. I have to admit though that I enjoyed it more while listening to his retelling of stories and events that happened in his life than when he was waxing philisophical. He got a little preachy, preachy sometimes, but he's Sidney Poitier, so in my book, he's entitled. Although I found his beliefs to be inline with my own, for the most part. I just enjoyed the storytelling aspect of the audio more. But the entire book was well, well worth the listen. It was like listening to a conversation from an old friend. He's a gem.
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"Spiritual autobiography" of actor Sidney Poitier, hits the high spots of his life and career but mostly philosophizes on the forces that formed and drive him.
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Some interesting life experiences.
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An insightful memoir that looks deeply into Sydney Poitier's views on life and what makes it "life". A great read that really makes you think and look inward!
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A wonderful rendition of a great man's life, it was interesting and kept me turning pages
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Beautifully written, insightful and honest - a wonderful book.
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I bought this book years ago when it was first released. I'm a big Sidney Poitier fan. So many auto-bios are "full of themselves". This is almost a "how to live you life the right way" book, without telling you how to live your life. You just want to follow his example. I simply adore SP.
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Stunning! Informative! Wonderfully written! Includes some photos.
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Mr. Poitier discusses his life and his beliefs. I wish he had included more photos.
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Interesting life experiences
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Getting to know the life before and after fame of Sidney Potier is a special treat. He recounts the strenght and value of his parents and aknowledges they were the backbone of what he is today.
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"Spiritual autobiography" of actor Sidney Poitier, hits the high spots of his life and career but mostly philosophizes on the forces that formed and drive him.
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IT WAS OKAY,I GUESS I EXPECTED ALITTLE MORE.
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Ok book, but was a bit disappointed
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More apt title would have been "My philosophy on ... ". His continuous sentence-ending "you know?" and his spurts of self-aggrandizement make this an ok book.
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I was disappointed. Boring to read and not enough insight into the man himself. I LOVE Sidney Poitier movies and would have liked to have "gotten to know him" better.
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Excellent book
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This is six casette tapes, library discard
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Excellent book
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Sidney Poitier...great.
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