George Mikes (15 February 1912 in Siklós – 30 August 1987 in London) (pronounced Mik-esh) was a Hungarian-born British author best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries.
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... How to be an Alien (1946) poked gentle fun at the English, including a one-line chapter on sex "Continental people have sex lives the English have hot-water bottles." Subsequent books dealt with (among others) Japan (The Land of the Rising Yen), Israel (Milk and Honey, The Prophet Motive), the U.S ... (How to Scrape Skies), and the United Nations (How to Unite Nations), Australia (Boomerang), the British again (How to be Inimitable, How to be Decadent), and South America (How to Tango) ...
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“On the Continent people have good food; in England people have good table manners.”
—George Mikes (19121987)