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Books for HSPS- Democracy in America (Tocqueville) or An American Dilemma (Myrdal)? Watch

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    I am currently in Year 12 and my first choice course for university is economics, but there is a possibility that I might apply for HSPS instead if my maths UMS isn't stellar. If I do end up applying for HSPS, obviously the best idea is to read books on a wide variety of topics. On the topic of global societies and social attitudes, there are two (very long!) books that have grabbed my attention: Democracy in America, the subject of which is explained by the title, and An American Dilemma, which is an exploration of the paradox between the values that Americans hold dearly (freedom, justice, ability to fulfil the American dream) and the segregation of African Americans.

    Is anyone here familiar with either or both of the two books, and which book I should read (should I apply for HSPS)?
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    Why not both? Even if they are ~1000 pages each, you have several months before you apply.
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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    Why not both? Even if they are ~1000 pages each, you have several months before you apply.
    It's because both books are on the subject of American society, and I want to 'diversify' the books I read. Of course, I could read both and then contrast and compare the authors' opinions on the subject, but I'm not really sure if I will have the space on my PS to do that.
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    (Original post by Palette)
    It's because both books are on the subject of American society, and I want to 'diversify' the books I read. Of course, I could read both and then contrast and compare the authors' opinions on the subject, but I'm not really sure if I will have the space on my PS to do that.
    You could read them without putting them on your personal statement.
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    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    You could read them without putting them on your personal statement.
    But I want to include one for my PS to express an interest in a certain area. Are you familiar with either of the two books?
 
 
 
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