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In "American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church," author Alex Beam retraces the rise and fall of the charismatic and controversial founder of the LDS Church. Smith's violent end, he says, galvanized his followers, spurred the settlement of the American West and launched an international Christian movement.

On Tuesday at 12:15 p.m., Beam joins Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss Smith's life and legacy for both Mormon faithful and the nation.

You can join the discussion by sending questions and comments to the hashtag #TribTalk on Twitter and Google+. You can also text comments to 801-609-8059.

Twitter: @jnpearce

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