Botha was a big-hearted and generous man who showed magnanimity in his dealings with all, including former enemies. He led the South African troops to victory and the capture of German South West Africa ? prior to this he had to put down a revolt of pro-German Afrikaners. At the Peace of Versailles, representing South Africa, he pleaded unsuccessfully for magnanimity towards the Germans. Botha was a globally respected figure ? he and Smuts effectively operated as a double act in South Africa and on the international stage before Botha?s untimely death in August 1919 at only 57. In A Man Apart this tragically short life is illuminated in full.