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(Simon & Schuster Interactive, $54.95). The people, places, and events of the American Civil War can be accessed in this two CD-ROM collection for Windows, which covers such topics as slavery; Northern and Southern military forces; political leaders of both regions; the war’s major campaigns; and the music and art that grew out of the conflict. Special features include a live-action host and “virtual soldiers” who explain important events and provide personal narrative; animated maps to track the battles; a multimedia timeline; a library of Civil War literature; a historically accurate military strategy game; and a direct link to the World Wide Web for other Civil War discoveries.