A special report from Newsweek on the view from people who matter: Some of the most interesting people in the world, including Hillary Clinton, James Cameron and David Petraeus, talk about their jobs, the future, and what makes them tick.

Bill Clinton by Jon Meacham

The 42nd president of the United States hasn't silently retired. Through the William J. Clinton Foundation, he has focused on world philanthropy and problem solving. Clinton spoke with Newsweek's Jon Meacham.

Nancy Pelosi by Eleanor Clift

Conservatives love to hate Nancy Pelosi: for them, she personifies the grasping hand of big government in the Age of Obama. Now, some liberals are disappointed, too--over the troop surge in Afghanistan, and compromises on health care. The House speaker talked to Newsweek's Eleanor Clift about what it's like to be in everyone's sights.

Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger

Two of the most prominent secretaries of state in recent history sat down with Newsweek's Jon Meacham to discuss their relationships with their respective presidents and the difficulties of managing diplomacy during wartime.

Gen. David Petraeus by Fareed Zakaria

The general whose surge turned the tide in Iraq--and who aims to do the same in Afghanistan--may hold the fate of Obama's presidency in his hands. Newsweek'S Fareed Zakaria finds out more.

Bill Maher by Joe Scarborough

The two talk-show hosts go mano a mano on President Obama's shortcomings, Republican rage, and a Scarborough-Maher presidential ticket.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin by Robert J. Samuelson

The top economic adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign sounds off to columnist Robert J. Samuelson about auto bailouts, health-care reform, and why Obama's fiscal policies don't make the grade.

Timothy Geithner by Daniel Gross

From the left and right, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner faces daily criticism and even calls for his resignation. "This is a necessary part of the office, certainly in financial crises," he says. In conversation with Newsweek’s Daniel Gross, Geithner discusses the attitude of Wall Street, the housing crisis, and the sour job market.

Jeff Bezos by Dan Lyons

No one has been more surprised by the success of the Kindle than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The electronic book reader has become the online retailer's bestselling product. Bezos spoke to Newsweek'S Daniel Lyons about the device, how the Apple tablet might affect it, and the next phase of digital distribution.

James Cameron by Peter Jackson

James Cameron and Peter Jackson are the kings of the CGI world. Cameron, directed Titanic, the highest-grossing movie of all time. Jackson was the guy behind bringing Middle-earth to the big screen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now they are back with two of the most-hyped films of the holiday season. We asked them about their new films and how technology is changing Hollywood.

Hamid Karzai by Lally Weymouth

Afghanistan's president is critical to the success of the expanded U.S. mission. And if the goals aren't achieved by Obama's timeline, the Afghans may not mind an extension of the deployment. Newsweek's Lally Weymouth talks to Hamid Karzai.

Eric Holder by Dan Klaidman

Dick Cheney has been a constant thorn in the Obama administration's side, which bewilders Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. "There's a part of me that doesn't really believe that he believes what he's saying," Holder says. Newsweek's Daniel Klaidman spoke to the nation's top law-enforcement officer about critics, staying humble, and the threats to the nation.

Valerie Jarrett by Jeffrey Bartholet

One of Obama's oldest friends and most trusted advisers talks to Newsweek's Jeffrey Bartholet on the personal constraints of White House life--and the occasional urge to break free.

Tim Pawlenty by Howard Fineman

In the run-up to the 2008 Republican convention in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was on just about everybody's shortlist of potential VP candidates. It wasn't meant to be. But Pawlenty, a conservative from a rather Blue state, could emerge as a contender for challenging President Obama. He spoke with Newsweek's Howard Fineman.

David Cameron by Stryker McGuire

Four years after taking over as leader of the Britain's Conservative Party, David Cameron, 43, may be months away from becoming the first Tory prime minister since 1997. If the Tories win, Cameron will inherit a mess. Expected to be the last G20 nation to emerge from recession, Britain has one of the highest budget deficits in the European Union as a percentage of GDP. Fresh from a visit to Afghanistan, Cameron spoke to Newsweek's Stryker McGuire.

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