New book seeks to bring legend of Haber to life.
A new book by Monty Nereim titled "Undiagnosed, Unscrupulous and Unbeatable" chronicles the life of handball legend Paul Haber.
It is the story of a quick-witted kid who battled child abuse, manic depression, personality disorder and alcohol to become one of history's greatest and most controversial handball players. Had these issues not been part of his life, would he still have become a superstar?
Charisma and manipulation bolstered Haber's admiration and support by many well-intentioned enablers. Brazen intimidation, deplorable conduct and exceptional athleticism accounted for his succession of demoralizing victories.
His clashes with the very hand that fed him played out in juicy detail in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Argosy and Ace magazines as well as newspapers coast to coast, including the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
Haber was both loved and hated but always controversial. Time in jail, commitment to a state mental institution and four failed marriages provided colorful gossip but no real changes to the character of the unbeatable champ.
The Paul Haber story is an intriguing chronicle of this gifted but troubled superstar of the 1960s and '70s. Nereim chronicles the significant events in Haber's life that render him the unlikely paradigm of legend and tragedy. The book is available through bamesandnoble.com.