Orpah’s Book Club “The Measure of a Man”

January 26, 2007

Oprah made her latest selection in the most followed book club ever. In a follow-up to Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, Oprah has decided to stick with the biographic subjects with the selection of Poitier’s book.

More about the book on page 2

From Our Editors

Sidney Poitier’s is perhaps as influential and groundbreaking a career as any in Hollywood history. He came to New York from his boyhood home in the Bahamas and, after a rocky start, went on to star in such memorable classics as Blackboard Jungle, A Raisin in the Sun, Lillies of the Field (for which he won the Best Actor Oscar, the first ever awarded to an African American man), and To Sir, with Love, among dozens of others. In his spiritual memoir, The Measure of a Man, Poitier looks back at his pioneering life and career and the lessons learned along the way.

From the Publisher

In this candid spiritual memoir, legendary actor Sidney Poitier reflects on life itself as he reveals the spiritual depth, passion, and intellectual fervor that has driven his remarkable life. Poitier credits his childhood of poverty on idyllic Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of self-worth, family values, and simple ethics that he has never since surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world.

Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke countless barriers to launch a pioneering career portraying important, dignified characters in some of the most morally significant films of the late 20th century. Drawing on his personal journey, Poitier explores such themes as sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and survival, and paying the price for artistic integrity. His engaging memoir spans a time in history from Jim Crow segregation through the early Civil Rights conflicts to present-day cultural struggles and spiritual seeking. Poitier shares his provocative thoughts on racism in Hollywood, consumerism and the media, child-rearing, illness and mortality, honoring a higher consciousness, and realizing how fully a part of “the grand scheme” each of us is. This book is a powerful testament to the rewards of being true to one’s self, acting passionately on one’s convictions, and boldly walking on the edge.


In this unabridged memoir, Sidney Poitier recounts the inspring story of his rise from childhood poverty in the Bahamas to a life marked by grace, success, and material and spiritual riches.
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