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Life Beyond Measure Letters to My Great-Granddaughter ( CD)

Author:  Sidney Poitier Read By: Tbd   Sidney Poitier
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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 006156849X
ISBN-13: 9780061568497
Sku: 206196350
Publish Date: 5/13/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6H x 5.5L x 1.5T
Pages:  6
Age Range:  NA
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One of America''s greatest actors and the Grammy Award-winning author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Measure of a Man" offers lessons from his own remarkable life in the form of letters to his great-granddaughter. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
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The Academy Award-winning actor and author of The Measure of a Man shares life lessons as imparted to his great-granddaughter, in an inspirational collection that touches on such topics as his boyhood memories of the Bahamas, the race barriers of pre-civil rights Hollywood, and his contributions as a diplomat and humanitarian. Simultaneous.

Sidney Poitier is one of the most revered actors in the history of Hollywood. He has overcome enormous obstacles in extraordinary times and is a role model for many Americans because of his convictions, bravery, and grace. Poitier reflects on his amazing life in Life Beyond Measure, offering inspirational advice and personal stories in the form of extended letters to his great-granddaughter. Writing for all who admire his example and who search for wisdom only a man of great experience can offer, this American icon shares his thoughts on love, faith, courage, and the future.

Poitier draws upon the perspective and wisdom gained from his memories as a poor boy in the Bahamas, his experience of racism coming to the United States, falling in love and raising a family, breaking the race barrier in theater and film during the Civil Rights Era, achieving stardom and success in Hollywood, and being a diplomat and humanitarian. He reflects on the deepest questions and the significant passages of his life, the virtues that helped him through tough times, and the sense of purpose and history that strengthened him. He emphasizes the importance of the role of faith in a technological age, as well as our responsibility to the earth and future generations. Throughout, Poitier shares stories about the people of courage he has met along the way and the meaning of life in the face of death.

Life Beyond Measure is the perfect book to inspire readers to live the fullest life with integrity, from one of our most respected celebrities and a national treasure.

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Screen legend Sidney Poitier's powerful third memoir is written as series of letters to his great-granddaughter who was born in 2005. He retells the story of his own life, from his idyllic childhood in the Bahamas, to being homeless and destitute in New York City, to becoming Hollywood's first true African-American leading man. With his trademark combination of humility, soft-spoken strength, and controlled outrage, Poitier ruminates on issues ranging from racism to his own unorthodox religious beliefs that fuse Christianity with the voodoo practices he learned in the Caribbean. Throughout the book, he downplays his historical significance, and is more interested in the nuggets of wisdom he has accumulated in his long and dramatic life. A compelling memoir, LIFE BEYOND MEASURE, should have truths to offer to both this generation, as well as the next, and the next.

Praise

"It's typical of Poitier's modesty that what may be his last book is not another celebration of his triumphs but a collection of lessons learned by that wise old actor, passed on to generations who might never truly understand how he changed movies." - Steve Ryfle 05/01/2008
Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   6
Product attributePublisher:   HarperAudio
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