How to be an Alien - George Mikes An immigrant's view on English. First published in 1946 this little book is still funny and rings true. The book is full of awesome quotes like: In the last century, when a wicked and unworthy subject annoyed the Sultan of Turkey or the Czar of Russia, he had his head cut off without much ceremony; but when the same happened in England, the monarch declared: “We are not amused”; and the whole British nation even now, a century later, is immensely proud of how rude their Queen was.