I meant to write a concise summary of this debate about, around, and with troubled physicists since Clifford picked up the topic and stormed another teacup. What I think about the alleged trouble with physics, I've written so often, you can read this, this, this, this, this, this, or this. And, if you really want, also this, and this.
However. I find it hard to get sufficiently upset, and since it's after midnight I'll keep it short. On the one hand I fail to see what is insulting about the book. If the book is insulting for anybody, then it is insulting for all of us theoretical physicist, and for the simple reason that it's never nice to be forced to face the own weaknesses. On the other hand, I agree with Clifford that this debate should not have been lead in the public. One way or the other, what was done was done, and what we should think about now is the future not the past, so could we please move on.
Essentially, the most interesting things were said by Nancy Cartwright. Okay, she used too many words that end with -ism, but she made the important point much better and clearer than Lee Smolin or Micheal Duff (1:02 min):
Physics must be open, critical and responsive [...] Physics, good physics, is conflict.
Therefore, instead of a lengthy writing, here is my summary:
WildWestSound.mp3 (~ 1.4 MB)
Have fun. (Background music: Scooby Shack by Fun Loving Criminals).