I never knew, for example, that the loyalists living in the colonies were given passage to Nova Scotia. I had always thought they just felt loyal to the King of England, but when things didn't go their way, I thought they had just accepted things the way they were and resumed their lives as normal, just as we do in any election when it doesn't go the way we want it. It never occurred to me that they would actually have left.
Schama is a frequent narrator of documentaries on The History Chennel. I didn't realize he was an author, so that's another reason why I look forward to reading this book. He has a fantastic speaking voice--I'm almost considering it for Paul's voice model.