Robert Matzen
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Robert Matzen

Robert Matzen is an American author who specializes in Hollywood history and World War II. He uses creative fiction techniques to translate meticulous research into a narrative that draws readers in. His eighth book, "Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn in World War II," was released by GoodKnight Books in April 2019. His seventh, "Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe," shot to bestseller status during the 2016 holiday season and earned national media coverage, including an essay by Robert in the Wall Street Journal. He toured with the book at venues across the United States through 2017.

Matzen leveraged his 10 years working at NASA Headquarters in aeronautics communications for his sixth book, "Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3," which rose to #2 on the Amazon bestseller list for Biography, earned praise from the Smithsonian, and won the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award. His bylines have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and TIME magazine, among other publications.

With every book, Matzen gets personal with history. For "Dutch Girl" this meant spending weeks in the Netherlands talking to the people who lived through the war with Audrey Hepburn. For "Mission" he flew in B-17 and B-24 bombers and walked the muddy fields of Jimmy Stewart's base at Tibenham, England. And for "Fireball" he famously climbed a mountain--Mount Potosi, Nevada--to explore the wreckage of TWA Flight 3.

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Best Sellers

    • Dutch Girl

    • Audrey Hepburn and World War II
    • By: Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti - foreword
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96

    Several biographies have chronicled Audrey Hepburn's stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. According to her son, Luca Dotti, "The war made my mother who she was."...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very good World War II story

    • By cunctator on 05-04-19

    Regular price: $20.89

    • Mission

    • Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe
    • By: Robert Matzen, Leonard Maltin - foreward
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    In March 1941 Jimmy Stewart, America's boy next door and recent Academy Award winner, left fame and fortune behind and joined the United States Army Air Corps....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Penetrating Telling of Jimmy Stewart's War Years

    • By David on 05-09-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Fireball

    • Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3
    • By: Robert Matzen
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball," Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Carole, Reanimated

    • By Sudi on 06-18-14
    • Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3
    • By: Robert Matzen
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 01-22-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 72 ratings

    Regular price: $20.72

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