Ala Bashir is a celebrated Iraqi artist and a plastic surgeon who worked for two decades as a personal doctor and plastic surgeon for Saddam Hussein, the late Iraqi leader, and his family and inner circle. He is the former Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baghdad University.
Although in various chapter of "Insider”, Bashir refers to different problems of Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein such as widespread corruption among the family of the president, and Saddam's shortcomings in resolving the problems of his country, with a peculiar sensitivity," tries to exempt the former Iraqi dictator as the main person responsible for these damages to Iraq as well as the other neighboring countries above them Iran.
Bashir was the top member of Saddam medical team who headed hospital in Baghdad and treated Saddam as well as his family for many years.
Interestingly he is a noted Surrealist painter and sculptor who was always respected by the leader of Iraq party and the book reveals that his status in Iraq was indebted to his Faithfulness to his country's government.
His works of art have been shown in several international exhibitions in, for example, France (Paris, Cagnes-sur-Mer), the United Kingdom (London), Ireland (Dublin), Austria (Vienna), Germany (Bonn), Yugoslavia (Belgrade), Italy (Rome), Russia (Moscow), Qatar (Doha), Morocco (Rabat), Libya (Tripoli), India (New Delhi), Tunisia (Tunis), Egypt (Cairo), the United States (New York, 1976 American tour), Iraq (Baghdad) and currently at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore-USA.
Bashir escaped from Iraq two months after the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam in 2003.
"Insider” has been translated into Persian by Ehsan Balani and released by Almas Parsian Publishing in 264 pages and 1000 copies.