The Whole Hog

The Whole Hog

Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs

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Random House, Inc.
Not all animals are created equal. For a start, pigs have it, sheep don’t; that is, that special quality of intelligence, a sense of play, and a gregariousness that make these tragically misunderstood—yet no less endearing—creatures more like us than any other animal. Best-selling author Lyall Watson takes a delightful look at the occasionally amusing, often instructive, and completely admirable qualities of pigs in this indispensable book, not only for everyone interested in natural history but also for fans of Babe, lovers of Piglet, readers of Charlotte’s Web and Animal Farm, gourmands and truffle hunters, folklorists, and, of course, believers in meaningful interspecies communication.

The book is filled with both realistic and wonderfully fanciful illustrations of pigs that illuminate everything you could possibly want to know about the extraordinary family of Suids, from their origins and evolution, rich social lives, and combat strategies, to their special relationship with truffles, popularity in art and literature, and increasing use today in cutting-edge medical transplant technology.

Baker & Taylor
A natural history of pigs traces their origins and evolution while describing their unique relationship with humans and each other, their special relationship with truffles, their popularity in art and literature, and their increasing use today in cutting-edge medical transplant technology. 20,000 first printing.

Book News
Watson continues his popular science books by assembling a wide range of information about wild and domestic pigs. His goal is to counteract some misguided perceptions about them and shed light on creatures he says are a lot like humans, whose most useful tools seem to be their brains. He includes many illustrations. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
In recounting his close encounters with wild pigs on three continents, Lyall Watson explores how profoundly pigs have succeeded, from the Gadarene Swine to Miss Piggy, in capturing our imagination.
The Whole Hog is a new look at pigs as they really are, and an antidote to centuries of superstition and taboo. In fact it is nothing less than a clarion call for an honest reassessment of hoggish behaviour, and a celebration of the fascinating, true nature of pigs.
When it comes to real intelligence, Lyall Watson suggests that pigs deserve to be considered up there with elephants, dolphins and the great apes.

& Taylor

Explores the popularity of pigs in art and literature; describes their relationship with humans, each other, and truffles; and looks at their increasing use in cutting-edge medical transplant technology.

Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Books, c2004
ISBN: 9781588342164
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm


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