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1964 – The Greatest Year in the History of Japan: How the Tokyo Olympics Symbolized Japan’s Miraculous Rise from the Ashes by [Roy Tomizawa]
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Editorial Reviews


"A first-rate look at the landmark Tokyo 1964 Olympics. Olympic historian Roy Tomizawa has delivered a well-crafted and authoritative account of what LIFE Magazine has described as the greatest Olympics ever. Should be read by anyone interested in the postwar development of Tokyo and the stunning transformation of Japan's capital that the 64 Games brought about, as well as those looking forward to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympiad. It's a real winner."
--Robert Whiting, author of The Chrysanthemum and the Bat, You Gotta have Wa, and Tokyo Underworld 

"Roy has most wonderfully captured the background stories behind Olympic heroes and their many challenges, and has provided insightful political, social, and economic context of how the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games were so transformative for Japan. His book is an enjoyable and informative read for anyone interested in the Olympic Games and its athletes."
--Roger Jackson, Olympic rowing champion, Tokyo 1964 and past president of Canadian Olympic Association 

"1964--The Greatest Year in the History of Japan is the story of how the Tokyo Olympics impacted post WWII Japan, explaining the pivotal role the Games played in Japan's rise from the ashes. Every Olympics has its own character, and Roy Tomizawa's journey back in time uncovers the unique qualities of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, discovering new stories while expanding on the often-told ones, offering up a new dimension to "up close and personal". Roy's connection to his Japanese heritage is woven throughout this narrative which brilliantly delves into the passion, the pressure, the pride, and the love of competition all Olympians have in common. Thank you for re-introducing me to my Olympics."
--Donna de Varona,1964 two-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, pioneer sports broadcaster, first president of the Women's Sports Foundation, and member of the IOC's Women and Sports Commission 

"1964--The Greatest Year in the History of Japan is particularly meaningful and heartwarming to someone like me, a competitor in Tokyo 1964. Roy Tomizawa's timely, graphic, and picturesque reminiscence of Tokyo's debut as Olympic host, mainly from first-person reports, is a must read for a wide spectrum of readers, from historians to sports aficionados to the entire stretch of the "Olympic Family," especially for those aspiring to be in Tokyo in 2020."
--Tan Sri Dr. Jegathesan Manikavasagam, three-time Olympic sprinter from Malaysia, former Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Health Malaysia, and current advisor to the Medical and Anti-Doping Commissions of the Olympic Council of Asia 

"Politically and socially, Tokyo's first Olympics in 1964 was one of the most interesting events of the post-war era and remains so more than half a century later. As the Japanese capital prepares for its 2020 encore, Roy Tomizawa provides context with revealing insights into this proud nation's unique culture and the complex mood of challenging times, drawing on inspirational and emotional stories--sometimes triumphant, occasionally sad--from athletes and teams from Japan and other countries. 1964--The Greatest Year in the History of Japan is a well-rounded, strongly-researched, and easy read."
--Ron Reed, award-winning sportswriter and former contributing editor for Herald and Weekly Times, one of Australia's most experienced Olympic observers

About the Author

Roy Tomizawa celebrated his first birthday on the opening day of the 1964 Olympics. His father worked with the NBC News crew that broadcast those games to homes in the United States. As far back as he can remember, Roy has been a fan of the Olympics. A year after Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics, Roy went searching for an English-language book that chronicled the 1964 Olympics--but he couldn't find one. As a former print journalist, Roy decided to combine his love of the Olympics and his knack for writing and chronicle the event that symbolized the determination of the Japanese to survive and thrive after World War II.

Product details

  • File Size : 10539 KB
  • Publication Date : July 8, 2019
  • Publisher : Lioncrest Publishing (July 8, 2019)
  • ASIN : B07T57YB13
  • Print Length : 191 pages
  • Language: : English
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 39 ratings