Over the past decade, Robert Matzen has been acknowledged as one of the foremost researchers in popular nonfiction. But then, Robert wrote the book on research. Literally. He broke into print straight out of college with the mass-market paperback, Research Made Easy: a Guide for Students and Writers for Bantam Books, where his editor was the New York publishing-world legend, Toni Burbank. To lend authenticity to his narrative, he climbed Mt. Potosi, Nevada for his sixth book, Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3, and explored the Flight 3 crash site where 22 died in 1942. Fireball rose to number two on the Amazon bestseller list for biographies, won the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award as Biography of the Year, and earned praise from the Smithsonian Institution.
For his latest book, Mission: Jimmy Stewart and the Fight for Europe, Robert flew on vintage B-17 and B-24 bombers, walked the muddy fields of former American air bases in the English countryside, talked to men who flew with Jimmy Stewart, and dug through thousands of pages of combat mission reports in the official records of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Mission is now in its third printing after extensive media coverage that included features in newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, television appearances in several markets, dozens of radio appearances on the Glenn Beck Show and others, and Robert's essay in the Wall Street Journal.
Robert's earlier works about Hollywood history include the best-selling Errol Flynn Slept Here, which was co-written with Michael Mazzone and represents the first book written about a Hollywood celebrity home, and Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood, which topped three bestseller lists and was a finalist in both the USA Book Awards and ForeWord magazine Book of the Year competitions.
Robert Matzen is also a filmmaker whose work has achieved national broadcast and won awards including a New York Festivals Gold Medal, American Association of Museums Muse Award, and many others. His 2001 historical documentary, When the Forest Ran Red, is recognized as the classic interpretation of the French and Indian War in America—the war that launched the career of George Washington. Robert’s work in film and video includes many programs for NASA where he collaborated with the Astronaut Office and many NASA senior leaders on videos for NASA events, nasa.gov, and NASA Television.
To learn more about Robert Matzen or read his blog, visit RobertMatzen.com.