George Mikes (15 February 1912 – 30 August 1987) was a Hungarian-born British journalist, humourist and writer, best known for his humorous commentaries on various countries.
Mikes wrote over forty books, thirty-five of them humorous, however, his How to be an Alien was a long-lasting best seller. It pushed him into a category of a critic who was viewed with benign fondness and not considered a serious thinker. In the preface to the 24th impression of his book How to be an Alien, he reflects on the book's success: ”Since then I have actually written about a dozen books, but I might as well have never written anything else. I remained the author of How to be an Alien even after I had published a collection of serious essays."