Robert Matzen

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Robert Matzen is the author of eight books, including the bestsellers Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe and Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, which won the 2015 ‘Biography of the Year’ Benjamin Franklin Award and earned praise from the Smithsonian Institution.

His forthcoming Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, involved three years of intense research and several trips to the Netherlands, where Audrey spent the war. He worked in close consultation with Luca Dotti, Audrey Hepburn's younger son, and with many Dutch citizens who survived the war with Audrey in the town of Velp.

Robert has appeared on the BBC, Talk Radio Europe, Radio Russia, and many U.S. television and radio outlets, including NPR. Hi
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Robert Matzen I don't believe in writer's block. Whenever I feel stuck I simply write; in a couple of paragraphs I'm unstuck.
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Note: Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II will be released in the United States by GoodKnight Books on April 15 and in Italy by Piemme in June. The Polish (Albatros) and Dutch editions will follow, with others hopefully being announced soon.


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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
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This is an intimate look at WWII that doesn't look at strategy or politics or campaigns. When Werner goes to the Eastern Front, there's no explanation of what he's walking into--the reader either knows or doesn't know, and if not, OK. It still works. ...more
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Michael Curtiz by Alan K. Rode
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It's startling no biographer had taken on this subject given the number of classic pictures Curtiz directed. Rode answered many questions I've long had--beginning with the mysterious early life of Curtiz in Hungary on--and in some cases it busts some ...more
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“Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die, and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy and duty of life. Those whom we have come to honor and, in God’s name to bless, never shrank from life, but welcomed it—welcomed life and its every aspect—loved life and were responsible to both its duties and its joys…. Each believed steadfastly in the glorious life to come.”
Robert Matzen, Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

“When Jim found a bone that had been part of somebody’s hand, I understood that this wasn’t just Carole Lombard’s story. It was the pilot’s story and the co-pilot’s and the stewardess’s. It was the story of 15 Army Air Corps personnel who perished, men as young as 19 and as “old” as 28, and it was the story of three other civilians, all of whom died right there, on the spot where I stood shivering in the fading October sunshine at 7,700 feet. I started writing on the plane ride home and haven’t stopped since. I have had extreme good fortune in my research, accessing the complete Civil Aeronautics Board investigation, including the exhibits and testimony. I have examined the U.S. House of Representatives”
Robert Matzen, Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

“When my mother wanted to teach me a lesson about life,' said Luca Dotti, 'she never used stories about her career. She always told stories about the war. The war was very, very important to her. It made her who she was.”
Robert Matzen, Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

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