Stay Low and Circle Left

The Story of Floyd "Bad News" Winter

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
232 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2021
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Stay Low and Circle Left: The Story of Floyd “Bad News” Winter by Floyd Winter and Daniel DiMarzio is an autobiography that tells the inspiring story of an American hero who was able to positively influence many people, especially in military circles. Floyd Winter joined the army and fought in Vietnam at the age of 18. He moved on to become one of the most renowned wrestling coaches for the US Army and scored great achievements in his work. His achievements are extraordinary; creating the United States All Army Wrestling Team, winning the gold medal in the Greco-Roman World Military Championships, and being the Armed Forces Gold Medalist. But it is the character of Floyd Winter that crystallizes his success, including his hard work, his ability to connect positively and influence others, and his persistent drive for positive results.

This is a well-researched and wonderfully written autobiography. Readers will not only encounter a hero worthy of emulation but also the people whose lives have been ultimately changed by his inspiration. The writing is exceptionally good and Floyd Winter and Daniel DiMarzio have an uncanny gift of capturing, with vividness, some of the intense and important episodes of the life of this military and wrestling icon. The descriptions of his time in Vietnam are spellbinding and they give readers a clear image of not only what Floyd experienced, but the very essence of his character. Stay Low and Circle Left will appeal strongly to fans of the military, wresting buffs, and anyone who is interested in building healthy and meaningful connections. The leadership skills of Floyd are well-written, and his grit, vision, and unflinching courage when it comes to working on himself and others are traits that spoke to me in a unique manner. In this enthralling book, you’ll find the perfect portrait of an American hero.

Jim Diehl

Coach Winter is a unique American treasure whose influence extended far beyond his noteworthy and admirable personal accomplishments. Dan Dimarzio captures the leadership of this man and his ability to bring out the best of the men who came under his influence.

walter grote

Great book. Captures the essence of an intense leader with a relaxed style that motivated most all he coached to reach their personal best.

Rick Wentz

Amazing read! Floyd Winter had an amazing life and touched so many. This was the guy who molded Randy Couture into a champion and movie star. That's just the tip of the iceberg though, he molded many leaders and innovators. You can really learn a lot about leadership in this book. Floyd Winter approached it differently than most...and it worked with great success in a military environment.