front-cover“Broad, well-researched…. [An] entertaining study.” Economist

“Essig presents the pig in a rich cultural context, weaving natural and social history into an engaging narrative about the lowly beast that has loomed ever so large in our collective experience.” Asheville Citizen-Times

Lesser Beasts offers readers entertainment as well as information … [some] pages sizzle like bacon, and it’s tough to set aside a book about an animal that’s so close to people, in locale and in physiology.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A witty history of civilization told through our four-legged pork producer.” The Guardian (UK)