History Books - Overused?

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I'm writing a personal statement for history, and have mentioned various books where I have read around the topic or investigated a particular period. Are any of these referred to often though? I don't want to bore the admissions tutor!

China's 20th century:
Wild Swans - Jung Chang
Destination Chungking - Han Suyin
Chiang-Kai Shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost - Jonathan Fenby
Mao: The Unknown Story - Jung Chang

Tsarist and Communist Russia:
The Gulag Archipelago - Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (thinking this one is cliched especially)

Also I've avoided referring to any books about historiography although I have read some. The books above are the only ones that I've referred to throughout the entire personal statement. Would it be good to include a historiographical book for variety?

Thanks in advance!
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I can't comment on those books specifically, but I'm sure they will be relieved to see more unique books. Just try not to mention ones that overlap too much - show a bit more of a broad interest
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Course structures should give you an idea of what will be taught and topics you could read around.
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