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Doesn't Hurt to Ask - Trey Gowdy

Doesn't Hurt to Ask

By Trey Gowdy

  • Release Date: 2020-08-18
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 63 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Former congressman and prosecutor Trey Gowdy teaches you how to effectively communicate and persuade on the issues that matter most to you, drawing on his experience in the courtroom and the halls of Congress.

“A must-read for people who want to learn how best to succeed.”—Dana Perino, Fox News host and bestselling author of And the Good News Is . . .

You do not need to be in a courtroom to advocate for others. You do not need to be in Congress to champion a cause. From the boardroom to the kitchen table, opportunities to make your case abound, and Doesn’t Hurt to Ask shows you how to seize them. By blending gripping case studies from nearly two decades in a courtroom and four terms in national politics with personal stories and practical advice, Trey Gowdy walks you through the tools and the mindset needed to effectively communicate your message.

Along the way, Gowdy reflects on the moments in his life when he learned the most about how to argue and convince. He recounts his missteps during his first murder trial, the conversation that changed his view on criminal justice reform, and what he learned while questioning James Comey and Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Sharing the techniques he perfected advocating in law and politics, Gowdy helps you identify your objective, understand your personal jury, and engage in the art of questioning so you can be heard, be understood, and, ultimately, move others. Whether it’s getting a boss to take a chance on your idea, convincing someone to support your cause, or urging a child to invest more effort in an important task, movement requires persuasion. Doesn’t Hurt to Ask shows you how to persuade, no matter the jury and no matter the cause.


  • Simple yet so complex

    By space cowboy
    Trey Gowdy lays out a roadmap of how so many of us should begin engaging with everyone in our lives on a daily basis. Not in an effort to be “right” but to find common ground and strengthen relationship.
  • Never give up, one step at a time

    By Kellerdigs
    Trey writes in a personal relaxed style that makes you feel like you’re sitting with him over a cup of coffee. His sense of humor makes it all seem very personal. You can tell he takes his commitments seriously and genuinely connects with his constituents and those he served as a prosecutor, The book is about relating, communicating, and serving. He shares his techniques and gives examples of how and why they work. I have even greater respect for him now than before I read the book. One of those books I will let rest and then read again.
  • Amazing!

    A great read. I am glad I picked up this book. I learned a lot and it opened my mind to knew perspectives. Thank you Trey Gowdy for your insight.