The 24 previously published articles by critic DANIEL MENDELSOHN *94 in Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (New York Review Books) include a piece on a new translation of the Iliad, one on the “memoir craze,” an essay on Princeton professor Edmund White’s book City Boy, and another about the TV series Mad Men. Mendelsohn teaches at Bard College.

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. STEPHEN J. SCHULHOFER ’64, a professor at the New York University School of Law, looks at the history of the amendment and explains why it is important to maintain the “vigor” of its safeguards in More Essential Than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press).

In Better Than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers (Lonely Planet), editor DON GEORGE ’75 has assembled 32 stories by writers including Princeton professor Joyce Carol Oates, whose story is about visiting San Quentin prison; Téa Obreht; and Keija Parssinen ’03, who writes about visiting Saudi Arabia, where she grew up. George has edited six other Lonely Planet anthologies.

The Span­ish Crown of the late 18th and early 19th centuries sent naturalists on botanical expeditions of its imperial territories. In Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (Univer­sity of Chicago Press), DANIELA BLEICHMAR *05 examines the illustrations of plants that were produced from those expeditions. She teaches art history and ­history at the University of Southern California.